How to Write a Great Research Paper, and Get it Accepted by a Good Journal

We are pleased to invite research students and academic staff to attend a seminar from Elsevier senior publisher Dr. Anthony Newman on How to Write a Great Research Paper, and Get it Accepted by a Good Journal.

The seminar is being run:

Monday 3rd June – 13.00 to  15.30


Attendance is limited so if you would like to attend please sign up at the following page:

Background: Knowing the best way of structuring your paper when writing it, and the most appropriate journal to send it to, really helps in getting your paper accepted. Also understanding how editors and publishers think and what they expect, and knowing how the peer review process works, is invaluable insight into the publishing process.

Results: After attending this free 2 to 2.5 hour workshop, one in the Elsevier Researcher Academy on Campus workshop series, participants will have a clear idea of the steps needed to be taken before starting to write a paper. They will also be able to plan writing manuscripts using the logical step sequence – not the sequence in which the paper will be read. Authors are also made aware of what aspects of their papers Editors, Reviewers, and Publishers look at critically, and to ensure that in taking care of these areas, their papers are much more likely to be accepted. Dealing with referees’ comments and the art of polite rebuttal are also described such that these can be used to improve the submitted paper suitably. Sensitive areas such as publishing ethics, plagiarism, duplicate publishing, etc are also clearly explained such that participants have a clear understanding of what their responsibilities are, what is allowed, and what is not permitted.

Conclusions: These insights into the publishing process will enable the participants to be more confident as an author in the world of science publishing, and so should help them get their papers published more easily.

Information about the speaker: Anthony Newman, who is making the presentation, is a Senior Publisher with Elsevier, and is based in Amsterdam. Currently responsible for fifteen laboratory medicine and biochemistry journals, he joined Elsevier over 30 years ago and has been Publisher for the last 20+ years. Before then he was the marketing communications manager for the biochemistry journals of Elsevier. By training he is a polymer chemist and was active in industry before leaving London and moving to Amsterdam in 1987 to join Elsevier.

“Will be an amazing help for upcoming research”!

…  just one of the comments made by attendees at our library SearchSMART workshops this semester.

Do you need to improve your search skills to find journal articles for your coursework?

Why not come along to one of our KnowHow to SearchSMART sessions.  There are different sessions for different subject areas. Simply have a look at our calendar of workshops and sign up at a time that suits you.

Need help in a hurry?  Why not come along to a drop in – no booking required! Details of dates and times are also listed on the calendar.

Workshops and drop ins are held in lab ABS321 at the rear of the Learning Centre in the Business School.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Need to improve your library skills?

Why not come along to one of our workshops or drop-ins.  Our new timetable is now available.







We offer workshops on Harvard referencing, KnowHow to SearchSmart sessions in a variety of subject areas (showing you how to search databases to find journal articles on subjects you are studying), KnowHOW to LibrarySearch (an introduction to our new catalogue now called LibrarySearch) and RefWorks (a package to help you organise your references and create reference lists).

Interested?  Simply click on the name of a session on the timetable and fill in your details to reserve a place.  We offer sessions at different times and dates throughout semester.

Just have a quick question?  Why not come along to one of our Drop in sessions and we will be happy to help.  Details are also available in the timetable.

All workshops and Drop ins take place in lab321 in the Georgina Scott Sutherland Learning Centre in the Business School unless otherwise stated.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Update to Full Text@RGU on Google Scholar

With the recent launch of our new library catalogue (, we have also updated the Full Text@RGU service on Google Scholar.  If you have previously set this up , you will need to re-add it in order to continue using it.  The steps below will show you how to re-add this service, or how to add it for the first time if you have never used it before.

What is the Full Text@RGU service on Google Scholar

You can use this service to find out if RGU has the full text, online version of a journal article when searching Google Scholar. Once set up, when looking at the search results you will see a Full Text@RGU link next to any articles that are available from RGU, as can be seen below:


Clicking on this link will either take you directly to the article, or will open up a new screen where you will get information about where to view the article:


You can then click on one of the View Online links to view the article.

How do I set this up when On campus?

If you are on campus, you do not need to do anything.  Simply go to Google Scholar ( and perform your search. The updated Full Text@RGU link will show automatically.

How do I set this up when Off campus?

Whether you have used this in the past, or are a new user, if you are off campus you will need to follow these steps. Please note you must have cookies enabled for this to be retained, otherwise you will need to set this up each time you search.

Go to Google Scholar:

Click the menu button at the top left and then choose Settings:


Choose Library links:


Search for Robert Gordon University and ensure that Robert Gordon University – FullText@RGU is ticked, and then click save:



You are now ready to search and find out what articles RGU has available for you.

Introduction to Systematic Reviews


Studying a health or social care related course or topic?

Need to find systematic reviews? Want to conduct your own? Or just want to understand a bit more about them?  Help is available!

Book a place on our “Introduction to Systematic Reviews” class next Thursday 15th March from 1-2pm in lab ABS321 in the Learning Centre in the Business School.

We will look at how to find examples of completed reviews and the various steps involved in the systematic review process – including how to search for high quality studies in a systematic manner using the appropriate library databases.

Interested?  Just sign up on our calendar of classes.  We look forward to seeing you there.