Tutorials and Workshop

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Omni Hotel Narragansett A & B
13:30 to 17:00

Tutorial 1

Platinum Group Metal Free Catalysts

Frédéric Jaouen
Université Montpellier II, Montpellier, France

Tutorial 2

Biomedical Applications of Electrochemical Systems

Shawn C. Kelley
Medtronic Incorporated, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Erik Scott
Medtronic Incorporated, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

12:30 to 16:00


Electrochimica Acta / ISE author and reviewer workshop

Robert Hillman
Editor in Chief Electrochimica Acta, University of Leicester, United Kingdom

Outline of topics to be covered

Scientific publishing has changed dramatically in the last decade. This is most obvious in terms of the mechanics of manuscript preparation by the author and its delivery to the reader, but there have also been major changes in the way that manuscripts are assessed and selected for publication. Within this rapidly moving environment, this workshop aims to inform both new and experienced authors on a range of aspects of publishing, both generally and with respect to a specialist journal such as Electrochimica Acta. The workshop does not require participants to have previous experience as an author or reviewer, although some involvement with the preparation of a manuscript would obviously permit stronger engagement with the material to be presented. To engage authors at an early stage of their publishing career, the key steps in the process will be identified, from recognizing the point at which publication of data is viable, through selection of the most appropriate journal, to manuscript construction and the mechanics of the submission process. Important and commonly misunderstood topics such as the peer review process and the maintenance of academic standards will be addressed. For early career researchers wishing to develop their professional skills, this will include information on how to become an effective reviewer, contributing positively to the development of the field. More experienced authors will be aware that most journals can only publish a fraction of the manuscripts submitted that satisfy the minimum technical standards. The workshop will discuss how, in this competitive situation, authors may identify selection criteria and prepare their manuscript in a manner that optimizes its attractiveness to the journal and its value to readers; this links with development of reviewer skills. In advance of the session, participants might like to consider their motivation for publishing and what they perceive as the justification for doing so.