Seminars & Workshops
Scientific Manuscript Writing Workshops – Summer 2022

Need to transform your ideas into a publishable peer reviewed manuscript?

Finding it difficult to write alone without assistance and constructive feedback?

Join Tufts CTSI this summer to begin writing and refining the core sections of your manuscript draft with your colleagues and a highly experienced editor.



Tufts CTSI is excited to recruit up to 10 motivated clinical or public health researchers to join a live, online workshop series designed to get you started on efficient manuscript writing. Our experienced editor and chronic disease epidemiologist, Robert Goldberg, PhD,  will provide guidance on the elements of preparing successful manuscripts for peer reviewed scientific journals including navigating major journals, scientific writing style, and approaches to sentence composition.The program is focused solely on hands-on writing exercises and peer review with expert coaching on manuscript style and content. The participants will incorporate class feedback and submit a new draft each session with a goal of polishing each section of their scientific manuscript in the IMRAD (Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion) format.

By the end of this series, you will have completed a solid working draft of a manuscript that will be either ready for peer reviewed submission to a journal or will be close to submission with some additional final polishing needed.

Workshop Faculty

  • Main Instructor: Robert J. Goldberg, PhD, Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop series, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the core components of a successful scientific manuscript.
  • Identify strategies and steps for completing a full manuscript for peer review submission.
  • Anticipate reviewers’ concerns in discussing and presenting your research and how to best respond to these concerns.

Expectation for Homework and Your Commitment

Registration is on a first come, first served, basis and priorities are given to members of Tufts CTSI partner institutions. All participants will be required to submit, at the time of application, a draft manuscript with a minimum of the introduction and methods sections. Data/results are preferred but are not required for participation. We will confirm your enrollment as soon we finalize the registration list.

Class attendance is critical to this peer review-based format. If your participation in these workshops needs to be approved by your supervisor or a person responsible for your time release, please secure that approval before submitting your registration application.

You will be expected to be actively engaged in classroom discussion, including presenting your drafts for critique by the course instructor and other course attendees. We ask participants to come open-minded and be receptive to both provide and receive constructive feedback.

Dates and Location

Location: Online via Zoom

  • Session I: Tuesday, June 14 1:30PM–3:00PM
  • Session II: Tuesday, June 28, 1:30PM–3:00PM
  • Session III: Tuesday, July 12, 1:30PM-3:00PM

Additionally, Dr. Goldberg will be available the week of July 25 to provide final feedback on all submitted drafts.

Registration and Requirements

A total of 10 slots are available for those who commit to attending and submitting their manuscript drafts prior to all sessions. Manuscripts must be targeted to clinical and translational science or public health journals.

Please note: Registration is now closed

All subsequent manuscript submissions and other assignments will be handled through the course site on the Tufts CTSI I LEARN platform. All accepted participants will be required to sign up for a free I LEARN account to complete their enrollment in the course.

Tufts CTSI Professional Education

Tufts CTSI’s Professional Education programs provide non-degree continuing education and training for clinical and translational research professionals from all Tufts CTSI partners and beyond.

This course is provided free of charge and is supported by the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Award Number UL1TR002544.  The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH.


Dissemination and Implementation Science Special Interest Group Meeting, June 14

Interested in learning more about implementation science and dissemination and implementation strategies?

You are invited to a virtual Dissemination and Implementation Science Special Interest Group Meeting on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, 3:00-4:00PM EST. We hope you will join us to discuss dealing with unintended consequences in D&I research.

Dr. Sara Folta will discuss how screening tools can adversely affect enrollment of underrepresented persons, and will also share a recent example of building in qualitative methods to detect unintended consequences as part of a proposed study to evaluate an intervention.

Dr. Jacob van den Berg will discuss how to closely monitor and respond to the community’s perception of a study through social media.

There will be plenty of time for open discussion around this topic.


Date: Tuesday, June 14, 3:00-4:00PM EST, via Zoom


If you are interested in joining and do not already have the Zoom link, please email Alyssa Cabrera, MPH. All are welcome to attend and learn more about D&I!

Seminars & Workshops
Obtaining Informed Consent: A Practical Approach

Are you a clinical research team member, obtaining informed consent from human research volunteers?

Could you or your team use information on best practices and strategies for obtaining informed consent?

Join Tufts CTSI for a blended synchronous/asynchronous workshop focused on providing hands-on practice consenting research participants. This training will take place in two parts.

Part 1 of this workshop will be offered online, self-paced through Tufts CTSI I LEARN.

Part 2 of the workshop will take place in a live Zoom meeting and provide an opportunity to practice obtaining informed consent with members of Tufts CTSI’s Stakeholder Expert Panel. Panel members are former research participants and individuals with experience as simulated patients. This is a learning and skill building opportunity for you and will not be evaluated in any way.

Participants must complete all of the pre-work on Tufts CTSI I LEARN in order to receive the Zoom link for the live training. While in the live workshop your active participation in the live role-play activity is required. You will also learn through providing feedback to others and engaging in group discussion. This will ensure that you get the most out of what this training has to offer.

Clinical research coordinators, investigators, research fellows, research nurses, and anyone involved in obtaining informed consent are encouraged to attend.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants of Parts 1 & 2 will be able to:

  • List the essential elements of informed consent.
  • Demonstrate (using plain language) in explaining the informed consent process, in a virtual setting.
  • Demonstrate multiple techniques to verify participants’ comprehension.
  • Identify 2-3 key considerations for obtaining informed consent in a remote or virtual setting.


Live Session: Thursday, June 23, 2022
Online via Zoom (a link will be sent to those who register and complete the I LEARN pre-work).


To attend, please enroll here via Tufts CTSI I LEARN by Thursday, June 16, 2022.

Prerequisite: CITI basic human subjects protection training. Participants will be required to upload proof of CITI completion to the Tufts CTSI I LEARN course site before the live session.