Research Course – Conception to Publication

Started on January 1, 1970

Learn how to take a project from conception all the way to hard outputs of publication and presentation

Dates: On-demand video programme (access anytime!)

Are you a medical student or junior doctor interested in research and publishing but don’t know how/where to start? Want to be productive in research and learn how to seamlessly take projects from conception to publication, and repeat the process multiple times –> high output which will strengthen your CV, make you competitive candidate for every stage of your career (including those applying for US residency or programmes in the UK and internationally) and will help to impress your supervisors.

Lead Instructor details:

Ankur KHAJURIA | Research Scholar | BSc (Hons) MBBS (Dist.) FHEA MRCS (Eng) MAcadMEd. MSc (Oxon.) | University of Oxford, Oxford | OX | Kellogg College - Page 2

Dr Ankur Khajuria, BSc MBBS FHEA MRCS MAcadMEd. MFSTEd. MSc (Oxon.) PhD serves as the Associate Editor of Systematic Reviews Journal. As a Kellogg Research Scholar, he trained at the world-renowned University of Oxford, which is the hub of Evidence based medicine globally and where the hierarchy of evidence was established. His Masters of Science (MSc) and Doctoral thesis (PhD) focused on evidence-based healthcare.  He has 90+ publications and book chapters, including in high impact journals such as Lancet and Lancet Oncology, with 1100+ citations, 27,000+ reads on Researchgate, 70+ presentations across 3 continents and £100,000+ in funding/scholarship/prizes. He is the Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a Member of the Academy of Medical Educators (MAcadMEd), Faculty of Surgical Trainers at the Royal College of Edinburgh (FSTEd.) and has been a prize-winning educator for the past 10 years. He was recently awarded the prestigious Silver Suture Award 2023 by the UK Association of Surgeons In Training (ASiT) for excellence in Teaching and Training.

Instructor story (Dr Ankur Khajuria):

I became interested in research back in 2012 when I conducted my first clinical lab project. During this process, I spent countless hours reading books, watching YouTube videos, and making a number of mistakes along the way. Through conducting periods of research in Tokyo, Japan, Imperial College London, UK and during my time as a Kellogg Research Scholar at Oxford University, I gained a wealth of experience of taking several research projects from conception all the way through to publication, I began to formulate a system which greatly enhanced the efficiency at each stage of the process. Fast forward 10 years, and I have now published, reviewed and supervised several projects. I serve as the Associate Editor of Systematic Reviews Journal, am routinely involved in reviewing papers and I supervise students, having helped multiple students publish their first papers.

This course has been designed with all the challenges I faced in mind, and is a programme I wish I had access to when I was starting out. It will take you through the A to Z of how to take a project from conception to hard outputs of publication and presentation. 

Course Curriculum


Session 1. Starting your research project


  • How to define your research question
  • How to determine the most suitable study design for your research question
  • What are the pros and cons of different study designs
  • How to identify ideas for research
  • How to perform a quick literature review to see the current body of literature
  • How to submit IRB/IRAS application


Session 2. Data and Variables

  • How to identify patients for inclusion
  • Constructing the variable list
  • Constructing a team and identifying tasks
  • How to start writing the manuscript whilst collecting data
  • How to determine authorship
  • How to collect data


Session 3. Statistics fundamentals

  • What are categorical variables?
  • What are continuous variables?
  • How to determine normality of the data
  • How to determine whether to use parametric or non-parametric tests
  • Learn the different parametric and non-parametric tests for different case basis


Session 4. Manuscript writing – Introduction

  • How to structure the introduction section
  • Efficiency/economy of words
  • Aims of the project
  • Use of reference managers
  • Case example


Session 5. Manuscript writing – Methodology

  • How to structure the introduction section
  • The amount of detail to include pertaining to statistical analysis
  • Case example


Session 6. Manuscript writing – Results

  • How to structure the results section
  • How to create tables
  • What to include from a statistical analysis standpoint
  • Case example


Session 7. Manuscript writing – Discussion

  • How to structure the discussion section
  • Summary of your findings
  • How the finding relate to other published studies
  • Interpretation of study findings
  • Limitations
  • Future work and conclusion


Session 8. Submission to a journal

  • How to select the right journal for your project
  • Cover letter
  • Impact factors
  • Responding to reviewers – how to construct a rebuttal letter


Session 9. Other manuscript types

  • Case report/series
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Systematic review/Meta-analysis


Session 10. How to publish over 10 papers in 1 year

  • Stress-free productivity
  • Time management
  • Team work
  • Mentorship
  • Multi-tasking.


Previous delegate (test group) feedback:

“A comprehensive course in which Dr Khajuria has gone through each and every step of the process in a research project’s timeline. The sessions on manuscript writing were especially good, and it is great to learn from Dr Khajuria’s vast experience with over 80 publications/chapters under his belt. I highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to learn the most efficient way to publish papers”

“Fantastic course. Never had good teaching on this at medical school. Thank you, Dr Khajuria!”


Refund policy:

If within 24 hours you are not satisfied with the course and email us, we will issue a full refund

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