The road to success for high impact writing in psychosocial research – tips and tricks

During the Alzheimer Europe Annual Conference taking place in Barcelona 29-31 October 2018, INTERDEM Academy hosted a seminar with the theme

‘The road to success for high impact writing in psychosocial research – tips and tricks.

 This interactive workshop involved the broad topic academic writing skills, including writing for a top journal and grant writing. Publishing a high-impact paper or being awarded a big research grant are career makers for a scientist. However, writing high-impact science requires polish and politics. The workshop was aimed at early stage dementia care researchers (PhD students and post-docs) who planned to submit grant proposals or hoped to publish their research in a high-impact journal.

In part 1 of this workshop prof. Lieve van den Block provided us with the most important do’s and don’ts for writing for a top journal: Why and how to publish in high impact journals. In part 2, prof. Frans Verhey provided us with some background and tips on how to write a specific grant application, Dr. Sebastian Köhler told us about his career and ‘brilliant failures’ in grant writing, and prof. Lieve van den Block provides us with tips for writing towards a call. Prof. Marjolein de Vugt and Dr. Fania Dassen moderated the session.

Please find here the slides of our interactive seminar:

Part 1: Writing for a top journal 

Part 2: Grant writing

This seminar was organized for PhD students and post-docs attached to the INTERDEM Academy; interested researchers who were not part of this network were also welcomed. The INTERDEM Academy has been established in 2014, and it has been committed to stimulating the career development and capacity building of researchers in the area of psychosocial interventions and timely diagnosis in people with dementia, as well as supporting the pathway to senior academic posts in the INTERDEM network. The network has grown to around 200 early stage researchers. For questions regarding this seminar or INTERDEM Academy, please contact Fania Dassen, training manager of INTERDEM Academy (