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Understanding of the links between coral reef ecosystems, the goods and services they provide to people, and the wellbeing of human societies.


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Examining the multi-scale dynamics of reefs, from population dynamics to macroevolution


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Advancing the fundamental understanding of the key processes underpinning reef resilience.

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From 2005 to 2022, the main node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies was headquartered at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland (Australia)

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How to write a successful paper


Thursday 20th September

James Cook University, Townsville: Building 19 Room 106 (Seminar Room)
Professor Joshua Cinner
Professor Joshua Cinner

Professor Josh Cinner is leading a workshop for students and ECRs on writing a successful paper for publication. The workshop will be held from 9am – 4pm in Building 19 Rm 106 (Seminar Room). Students not in Townsville can be video linked in for the duration of the workshop.

To confirm your registration in the workshop, please email: katie.sievers@my.jcu.edu.au

For those that want to submit their manuscript for use during the workshop, please notify the student committee 1 week prior to the workshop.

Workshop Description:
This workshop will be directed at early career scientists interested in learning how to navigate the publication process. Josh Cinner has published over 125 peer reviewed papers in journals such as Current Biology, Nature, Nature Climate Change, and PNAS. He has served on the Editorial Boards of journals such as Conservation Biology, Global Environmental Change, Ecology & Society, and Coastal Management. Josh will use his considerable editorial, publishing, and reviewing experience to provide insights into how to structure manuscripts effectively, navigate the peer-review process, and on how to build a portfolio of publications from early in your career.

The workshop will be suitable for early career researchers, ranging from graduate students working on their first publication to postdoctoral researchers within a few years of their PhD. The workshop will use five manuscripts from the participants as living examples of what to do and what not to do. Thus, participants who are interested in having their work openly critiqued should indicate so to the student committee ahead of time and send a draft 1 week prior to the workshop. We will select five participants to submit manuscripts that will serve as examples for the section of the workshop focusing on structuring a manuscript effectively. However, you need not have a manuscript prepared to attend the workshop.

Workshop Outline:

• Introduction: why write a paper? Publish or Perish
• Parts of a paper
• Common Writing Flaws
• Selecting a Journal

• How a Journal Works
• How to Avoid Rejection
• Guidelines for Authorship


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