PSC6 - How to get published in Nature - an ex-editor’s perspective

How do ‘top’ multidisciplinary science journals work and how can you maximise your chances of publishing in them?

About the session

Would you like to know more about how top   science journals work? Jane Rees gives an ex-editor’s perspective about the journey from submitting a paper to a journal through to publication. She gives top tips for success and shares pitfalls to avoid. We will focus on how to write an elevator pitch for a non-specialist audience – a key communication skill central to catching the editor’s eye.

Who is it for?

  • Early Career Researchers (including Postdocs)
  • Mid-Career Researchers
  • Managers of Researchers


By the end of this session, participants will:

  • Understand more how ‘top’ multidisciplinary science journals work
  • Understand what science editors are looking for – and equally what drives them to reject manuscripts
  • Gain a better understanding of how to communicate complex material to a non-specialist audience.

Get to know your facilitator

Jane Rees

Dr Jane Rees, Research and Partnerships Development team at the University of Liverpool

Dr Jane Rees heads up the Research and Partnerships Development team at the University of Liverpool. RPD provides critical friend support in scoping and developing strategic funding bids, as well providing support for strategic partnerships, running the institutional Peer Review College, and overseeing the 7 institutional research themes. Before coming to Liverpool Jane was a Senior Editor in the Biology team at Nature. Over her 10 years at the journal she covered multiple areas of biology for the journal – from evolution to cardiac physiology! She also led the ‘Scientific Correspondence’ section of Nature for several years. She is a zoologist by training, and has a D.Phil in the evolutionary insect immunology.

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