A Writer's Toolkit

Publication ID Published Volume
9238 September 21, 2012 8
Mount Auburn Hospital


“A Writer’s Toolkit” is a comprehensive resource designed to assist junior faculty members in the process of scientific writing and publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals. The resource explains how to plan a scholarly project and conduct a literature search. The toolkit goes on to address the basics of publication in a peer-reviewed journal, including choosing the appropriate target journal, establishing a timetable, writing for scientific audiences, and submitting the manuscript. Throughout this monograph, we have also provided advice specifically targeted to medical educators.

The Toolkit was distributed in hard copy to a small group of participants in the Brigham and Women’s Series for Medical Educators and the Brigham and Women’s Faculty Mentoring Leadership Program. It was distributed to 200 attendees of the Harvard Medical School Academy Writing for Scholarship Symposium in May, 2012. The symposium was designed to complement the Toolkit by providing an interactive forum for discussion of challenges in scholarly writing and publication.


Pories S, Bard T, Bell S, et al. A writer's toolkit. MedEdPORTAL Publications. 2012;8:9238. http://doi.org/10.15766/mep_2374-8265.9238

Educational Objectives

  1. To possess a reference guide for project planning and manuscript preparation for peer-reviewed journals, with specific attention to medical education projects.
  2. To be able to describe the basic structure of a manuscript.
  3. To understand fundamental principles of scientific writing.
  4. To be able to describe the process of submitting a journal article.
  5. To be able to describe the review process and how to respond to reviews.


  • Writing, Medical Education, Publications, Editor's Choice

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