Over the last 18 months, The BMJ and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have been working together to develop a comprehensive online self-study program entitled ‘Research to Publication’. The e-learning programme aims to provide learners with the skills to design and successfully publish clinical and public health research. It consists of 48 modules spread over six courses and includes videos, narrated slides, case studies and exercises that learners can work through at their own pace.
In a recent editorial, Dr Trish Groves, Head of Research at The BMJ, explains why the programme, which is aimed at doctors, researchers, and students worldwide, could particularly benefit researchers in low and middle income countries (LMICs). Dr Groves suggests that many early-career researchers, and increasingly those from LMICs, experience intense pressure to publish. However, they may be unaware of the scientific and ethical requirements to do so successfully. The programme intends to provide easy access to such information and hopes to improve both the quality of the studies conducted and the resulting publications.