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Lunchtime publishing sessions for Cambridge Postdocs - How not to get instantly rejected

When Jun 09, 2016
from 12:30 PM to 02:00 PM
Where Postdoc Centre @ 16 Mill Lane, Cambridge
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Cambridge University Press, part of the University of Cambridge, is pleased to invite Cambridge Postdocs to a series of sessions about publishing. Experienced publishers from a range of academic areas will aim to answer your questions about changes in international academic publishing, submitting journals articles and book proposals, REF criteria and peer review. They will also give practical guidance on ensuring that a submission has the best possible chance of acceptance.

These informal lunchtime sessions will be hosted by the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs in the Postdoc Centre @ 16 Mill Lane. They will be ‘brown bag’ style (bring your own lunch), with tea and coffee provided. The first, ‘Academic Book Publishing in the Humanities’ took place on 3 February. Watch out for new sessions, which will be posted on the OPDA website and PdOC Society newsletters.


To book your place, ask questions or make suggestions for themes you’d be interested in, contact:

Heidi Mulvey, Head of Community Engagement,, 01223 326155.


David Tranah, Editorial Director

How not to get instantly rejected

Developing your academic career and gaining international recognition for your research means publishing in the right places. Getting a paper accepted is also important for your academic career. Getting your paper accepted for publication is a bit like applying for a job. There may be 50 applicants; not all can even be interviewed, and many more than half will get filtered out before that stage. A number of factors are relevant when it comes to getting a paper published: for example, presentation, originality, significance, timeliness. I can’t tell you how what constitutes original and significant research: that is what peer review is for. What I can advise about is filtering of papers. In this talk I hope to explain how to avoid getting rejected before the peer review stage.


David Tranah is an Editorial Director at Cambridge University Press. For most of his working life, some 35 years, David has overseen the publication of books, digital products and journals in mathematical science, which cover a range from pure and applied mathematics, computer science, statistics, mathematical finance, computational biology, network science.


To book your place, contact: Heidi Mulvey, Head of Community Engagement,, 01223 326155. 

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