Available Until 12/31/2024

JMLA Insider: All You Need to Know to Publish Your Research

This free webinar aims to empower health sciences librarians to develop original research article manuscripts that will be successful in navigating the peer review process. You will gain insights from the Journal of the Medical Library Association’s (JMLA’s) editorial staff into how to draft articles that more effectively communicate the results of your research projects. During this interactive webinar, JMLA editorial staff will discuss the “moves” you can make as an author to craft meaningful context and compelling descriptions of your research projects, as well as how to present your findings in a way that will resonate with reviewers and JMLA’s readership. The editorial staff will also share insider tips and tricks, including how to avoid some of the most common pitfalls and traps that can keep your research from reaching readers. #JMLAPublish

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the rhetorical function of each section of a research-based journal article (e.g., introduction / literature review, methods, results, and discussion)

  • Describe how these rhetorical functions can be leveraged to communicate the results of research projects more effectively

  • Identify common mistakes made by authors when drafting a journal manuscript

  • List techniques for responding to peer reviewers’ and editor’s comments effectively


This session is designed for librarians at all experience levels – no prior experience with journal publishing is required to attend. Any practitioners looking for ways to deepen their expertise in developing more effective article manuscripts, whether brand new to original research or seasoned authors, are encouraged to attend.


Katherine Akers, PhD, MLIS Katherine Akers, PhD, MLIS is the Editor of the Journal of the Medical Library Association, has served as a peer reviewer for several journals in medicine and library and information sciences, has authored over 40 peer-reviewed articles, and is on the New England Journal of Medicine Library Advisory Board. She is a Biomedical Research and Data Specialist at the Shiffman Medical Library at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, where she specializes in supporting scholarly publishing and research data management as well as collaborating with faculty members on systematic reviews. She previously worked as a behavioral neuroscience researcher.

Alexander J. Carroll, MSLS, AHIP Alexander J. Carroll, MSLS, AHIP is an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA). He has published over 10 peer-reviewed articles in the areas of information seeking behaviors and data practices of STEM researchers, mentoring emerging LIS professionals, and improving information literacy instruction for students in the sciences. His work has appeared in journals such as College & Research Libraries, portal: Libraries and the academy, The Journal of Academic Librarianship, and the Journal of the Medical Library Association, and has been recognized with multiple awards, including ALA Library Instruction Round Table "Top Twenty" awards in 2018 and 2019. Alex is the Librarian for STEM Research at the Vanderbilt University Libraries in Nashville, Tennessee.


Registration Information

  • Length: 1.5 hour recorded webinar
  • Technical information: After you have registered, go to My Learning in MEDLIB-ED to access the recorded webinar, resources, evaluation, and certificate.
  • Register, participate, and earn 1.5 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours.