Tips for getting involved in research and getting published
for getting into research and getting published
Outside of your
studies, a good way to increase your chances of getting published is through
entering essay competitions. These are run throughout the academic year and
some offer cash prizes along with publications for the winning entry. You can
find examples of essay competitions on websites of the Royal Colleges, or by
typing in ‘medical student essay competition’ on Google.
SSCs, QIPs and Audits
Completing a student
selected component gives you the opportunity to carry out a research project
under supervision. You can ask your supervisor for support and guidance on the
best approach to get your research published. Quality improvement projects and
Audits are good, supervised options more common in later years.
Depending on your
medical school, your intercalated year may take part in the pre-clinical or clinical
stage. During your intercalated degree, there will be time dedicated to
carrying out a research project. This could be either a library or lab-based
project. This experience will be supervised by an expert in that field and
these are the best people to advise on getting your work published. To pursue
further interests in research, it would be a great idea to ask them if they
require assistance from a keen medical student, such as yourselves, on their
current research. This is a great way of further developing a passion you may
take on further in your clinical years.
If you found a speciality that spurred your interests beyond the clinic/ward, definitely email
or talk to the clinicians you meet. Enquiring about research opportunities,
because you are interested in the speciality, is a great way to find projects
to assist on, that add value to your development. Additionally, if you have
concepts that you wish to explore further through research, enquire whether
they can support you in this.
Academic research societies or summer
Check out academic
research societies that may exist at your university, or research programmes
that your university may offer. These often host pre-existing research projects
for you to sign up to. Alternatively, you can look for summer research
internships which exist across the UK.
To make this process
even easier for yourself, be sure to register with Remarxs!
It does not matter
whether you are a pre-clinical or clinical student looking to pursue research. Remarxs
is here to help make this process easier for you. Check out https://www.remarxs.com/Projects/All; we have lots of different types of research projects to offer. Many are hosted by researchers who already have numerous publications and therefore they are key sources of support to aid your research development. Publications are almost guaranteed with some projects, providing the work is completed to a high standard.
Why should you
Many students aim to
publish their research work to improve their medical CV, which is
understandable. However, it is important to highlight the skills that can be
developed from carrying out research and publishing your findings. A
publication demonstrates interest and commitment to a field, and there are
often lots of technical challenges to overcome and learn about. Many academic
clinicians we spoke to suggest that students should be looking to pursue their
passion or interests in a subject. Therefore, adding value to the medical
literature, the scientific community and potential patient care.
How should you
When your research is complete,
think about what area it falls under and which journals publish that – for
example, Oncology journals tend to only publish research within Haematology or
Oncology fields. Journals within each field are also ordered in terms of their
impact factor. Generally, the higher the impact factor, the more difficult it
is to publish in that journal.
Publications can exist
in different formats, so it is important to look into this. Some journals will
publish case studies, posters, and letters to the editor whereas others do not.
Make sure your research is in the format that the journal will accept.
any submission requirements associated with the journal. Some have specific
word counts and a maximum number of references that must be adhered to. Ensure
that your research meets these requirements before submitting to avoid instant
Only submit your
research to one journal at a time. Submitting to multiple could result in
issues with copyright which could impact your publication. Wait to hear a
response from one journal before moving onto another.
Publications come in
time. Clinical and academic advice states that producing good quality work that
you are interested in and proud of, rather than chasing a point(s) for your CV,
is fundamental. Additionally, clinicians/academics often say they do not want
to supervise students who are only interested in getting their name on a paper,
they would want to develop another curious mind that has an interest in their
Authors: Melissa Truman
& Benjamin Zuckerman