Webinar Series: Scientific Publishing for Field Epidemiologists

September 7, 2021 / September 14, 2021 / September 21, 2021 / September 28, 2021

TEPHINET and the Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal (WPSAR) are pleased to launch a 4-webinar series, "Scientific Publishing for Field Epidemiologists," on World Field Epidemiology Day. 

About the Series

While field epidemiologists are provided with a “tool kit” of methodologies to investigate and respond to public health situations, less emphasis is placed on publishing the results of their work. Notwithstanding, a large proportion of field epidemiologists are interested in academic publishing (about 90% of field epidemiologists are interested in publishing an academic article in the near future, based on a recent TEPHINET survey). This webinar series aims to provide field epidemiologists with the tools, motivation, and inspiration to publish their field epidemiology works.

Target Audience

The webinar series will be broadly targeted to field epidemiologists, with specific targeting to Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal authors and readers. As an open webinar, we are also expecting a substantial proportion of members of the healthcare/medical community, social sciences disciplines, and laypersons. As such, the webinar will be designed to provide practical advice that can be accessible by all participants, even those whose first language may not be English or those who do not have a high degree of familiarity with academic publishing.

Webinar Topics and Schedule

September 7, 2021 | 9:00 p.m. (21:00) Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) / GMT-4: "Converting Your Field Epidemiology Work Into a Publishable Article"

This webinar will discuss how to progress from a field report to the format requested by academic journals.

Speaker: Elena Atkinson, TEPHINET

September 14, 2021 | 9:00 p.m. (21:00) Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) / GMT-4: "Preparing Your Manuscript for Submission"

This webinar will cover tips and tricks for how to prepare a manuscript and associated documents before sending them to an academic journal.

Speaker: Ashley Arashiro, WPSAR

September 21, 2021 | 9:00 p.m. (21:00) Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) / GMT-4: "Addressing Reviewer Feedback on Your Manuscript"

This webinar will cover what to expect from reviewers' comments, how to decide how to incorporate their comments (or not), and how to respond in such a way that increases their chances of acceptance.

Speaker: Michelle McPherson, WPSAR

September 28, 2021 | 9:00 p.m. (21:00) Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) / GMT-4: "Being a Good Reviewer"

This webinar will discuss how to interact with journals around the topic of peer review, how to critically review an article and write up a review, and the benefits of being a peer reviewer.

Speaker: Elena Atkinson, TEPHINET

How to Join, and Other Details
  • These webinars will be open, with no pre-registration required.
  • All webinars will take place via the following Zoom link: https://emory.zoom.us/j/91770292109
  • Sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the TEPHINET YouTube channel afterwards.
  • Comments and questions will be accepted during the webinars via Zoom chat.

About the Hosts

About TEPHINET: Founded in 1997, Training Programs in Epidemiology and Public Health Interventions Network (TEPHINET) is the global network of Field Epidemiology Training Programs (FETPs). TEPHINET spans more than 75 programs actively training field epidemiologists in more than 100 countries. TEPHINET is a program of The Task Force for Global Health, a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization based in Decatur, Georgia, United States.

About WPSAR: Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal (WPSAR) is an open access, peer reviewed journal on the surveillance of and response to public health events in the Western Pacific Region, WPSAR publishes work on acute or ongoing communicable diseases, natural disasters, food safety, bioterrorism, and chemical and radiological events.

Speaker Biographies: 

Michelle McPherson: Michelle McPherson is an Editor for the Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal (WPSAR). She is a graduate and previous staff member of the Australian Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP), has worked with many FET/Ps in the Western Pacific Region in her role with WPSAR and has attended TEPHINET conferences as a participant and workshop facilitator. As Editor of WPSAR, Michelle has published more than 150 articles on the surveillance and response to communicable diseases and emergencies, which has included working with authors to improve their manuscripts pre-submission, managing the peer review process and technical editing.

Ashley Arashiro: Ashley Arashiro is a Coordinating Editor for the Western Pacific Surveillance and Response Journal (WPSAR). She has 7 years of experience in editing and formatting research papers in the health sciences, and in helping non-native English speakers in the Western Pacific Region submit their manuscripts to international journals. Ashley has a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University.

Elena Atkinson: In her role as Project Coordinator, Elena Atkinson supports TEPHINET's knowledge exchange, community learning, scientific communication, and conference activities. She holds a Bachelor of Art in International Studies from American University in Washington, DC, and a master's in health sciences with a focus on epidemiology from the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City. As an epidemiologist with a global policy focus, Ms. Atkinson has worked as a public health policy analyst for a think tank in Mexico City and a consultant for numerous research organizations in the Americas. She is especially passionate about implementing international efforts dedicated to empowering and training early career researchers on how to write and successfully publish their academic articles.