August 24, 2021 to December 31, 2021
America/New_York timezone
This is an online course to help you improve your writing skills and understand the workings of high-profile journals.  The course is designed to help researchers communicate their work more effectively and learn how high-profile journals make decisions on manuscripts.

The course consists of a series of 26 video lessons (total training time: ~4 hours) plus a series of quizzes that each participant can watch at his/her own pace and convenience.

Following Indico registration, participants will receive the URL to create an account with a "coupon code" to start the course free of any charges.


Topics Covered
  • Writing informative abstracts
  • Creating optimal figures
  • How to write a strong cover letter
  • What editors look for in submissions
  • Addressing reviewers comments
  • How to appeal an editorial decision
  • Academic scientists
  • Graduate students
  • Postdoctoral fellows
Juan Carlos Lopez, creator of the course, was Chief Editor of Nature Medicine for 10 years before joining Roche as Head of Academic Relations and Collaborations.  He left Roche in 2016 and founded Haystack Science which offers a variety of advisory services for science publishing.
For more information on upcoming Lodestar offerings and for more information on the program, please see the Lodestar page on SimonsNet or contact Molly Lopez, Administrative Director, Flatiron Institute at


Registration for this event is currently open.