From research to publication

How to do great research, get it published, and improve health outcomes

About 85% of health research is wasted, usually because it asks the wrong questions, is badly designed, not published or poorly reported. Many causes of this waste are simple problems that could easily be fixed, such as appropriate randomisation or blinding of a clinical trial.

And then there’s waste in publishing. Editors reject papers because research questions and methods are poor, and papers get retracted because they’re unusable or untrustworthy.


The University of California, San Francisco and BMJ have teamed up to develop an eLearning programme for clinical and public health researchers called Research to Publication. This is a comprehensive eLearning programme on developing skills in clinical and public health research and getting studies published quickly, transparently, and ethically.

One or more of the following courses may help you:

1. Developing and reporting good research questions
2. Making the best start to your research and publishing
3. Picking the best study designs and methods
4. Ensuring and reporting research ethics
5. How to write research papers that can be trusted and used
6. Special considerations for conducting clinical trials
7. Submitting research to a journal and achieving publication
8. Understanding and avoiding scientific misconduct

Visit for more information.

You can also read more about research publication in this blog post by Trish Groves, published on the LSE blog, or visit the section on ‘Writing your paper’.