The Scholarly Communications Team host a number of training sessions, webinars, courses, events, games, and workshops throughout the year. They are in a variety of formats and cover many topics within scholarly communications. Here you will find information about upcoming events. We aim to keep this page updated with the latest event at the top of the page for your convenience. You can also find information about some past events that the team have hosted. If you haven't found what you are looking for here please contact the relevant team members to request bespoke training sessions to meet your needs:

Upcoming training and events

Graduate School: Research Data Management Plans (DMPs)

This webinar will introduce you to the online data management planning tool DMPonline and cover some of the more practical elements of creating a data management plan.

Monday 23 May 2022 10:00-11:30, MS Teams

Visit the Graduate School webpages to book your place.

Graduate School: Alternative ways to measure your research impact

This one hour course debunks the myths of the Journal Impact Factor and the h-index as well as explores alternative approaches to research assessment used by research organisations including Imperial College London, other universities and major funders. Primarily aimed at Doctoral Students enrolled in the Graduate School and taught once a term, all staff and students are welcome to attend.

Wednesday 25 May 2022 10:00-11:00, MS Teams

Graduate School students please register via the Graduate School. All other staff and students are welcome, please email robyn.price@imperial.ac.uk to register.

PFDC Workshop: The use of responsible metrics and DORA

This workshop will introduce the responsible metrics and focus on particular actions postdocs could take – e.g. how to use bibliometrics and altmetrics to their advantage when presenting research outcomes in CVs or funding applications, how to embed The Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) recommendations in research and how to assertively challenge bad practice. It will also cover the new methods funders are using to encourage responsible metrics in applications and with their panels.

Monday 27 June 14.00-15.30 – MS Teams

This workshop is intended for postdoctoral staff but all staff are welcome to attend. Email robyn.price@imperial.ac.uk to register or for more information.

Copyright for researchers (online course)

This Copyright for Researchers course aims to convey copyright essentials to Imperial PhD students. It is focused on UK law only. The structure of the course reflects your research lifecycle and aims to provide clarity on copyright issues you will encounter at each of the stages of the lifecycle. This course will equip you with a working knowledge of copyright and licensing so that in your career as a researcher you use and can share information in a copyright safe way.

Duration: Approximately 3 hours 
Format: Self-paced online Blackboard course

To self-enrol onto the course, please follow the instructions: Ensuring Integrity: Copyright (Doctoral Students) 2021-2022.

The Publishing Trap (board game)

The Publishing Trap is a 8-12 person board game created by the  UK Copyright Literacy team. It is an active way to explore the impact of different scholarly communications choices and discuss the role of open access in research.  Students take a journey,  with 4 researchers working in different subjects, from PhD student to retiring professor. Exploring the impact of different licensing and personal decisions. Members of the Scholarly Communications Team are on hand to answer participants questions and link the game to open access support at Imperial.

Please email openaccess@imperial.ac.uk to organise a session.

Open access: one to one support

The open access team offers one to one consultations on open access related topics.

You can book a one to one if you need support with open access and the REF, paying for open access from your Wellcome or RCUK grant, using Symplectic, options for open access, making your research open access, or require any other advice about open access publishing.

Pictured: Kim Blake (L), Open Access Assistant, provides a one-to-one to Alexandra Williams (R), Centre Support Manager, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

Past events

Lunchtime Workshop: Introduction to strategies for research data management

  • Wednesday 10 November 2021 12:00-13:00, MS Teams
  • Tuesday 08 March 2022 12:00-13:00, MS Teams

In this session we will cover the basics of organising and managing research data that will help you now and in the future. Whether you have created the data yourself or are reusing data from existing resources, making sure research data are well managed can help prevent data loss, ensure research transparency and reproducibility, and enable data sharing and reuse.

Visit the Library Lunchtime Workshops page to see information on all sessions.

Open Access, Research Data Management and Symplectic training for PAs and Administrators

Tuesday 5 November 2019 at South Kensington
Wednesday 6 November 2019 at St Mary’s campus
Thursday 7 November 2019 at Hammersmith campus

Members of the OA and RDM teams gave a joint presentation and Q&A session for PAs and Administrators. Topics covered included an introduction to open access, applying for open access funding, depositing papers in Symplectic on acceptance, interpreting and changing existing records in Symplectic, and an introduction to Research Data Management.

We can offer similar sessions tailored to other groups, as well as more hands-on workshops. Please contact us to discuss your options or arrange a session.

Scholarly Communications pop-up at MSRH Common Room, White City

Tuesday 19 February 2019

Members of the Scholarly Communications Management team ran a stand in The Molecular Sciences Research Hub, at Imperial’s newest campus to answer questions about research data managementopen access, and bibliometrics. See Research that starts conversations for more information about bibliometrics.

SCM team stall

Graduate School workshop (Doctoral) Ensuring Integrity: Introduction to Making Your Thesis Open Access

Wednesday 15 May 2019, 14.00-15.30, South Kensington

Wednesday 14 November 2018, 14.00-15.30, South Kensington

Tutors: Philippa Hatch and John Murtagh (Library Services)

This workshop will provide a general introduction to open access, with specific reference to the PhD thesis, and related research outputs that may arise from PhD study. It will include the use of third party copyright material in a thesis and the workflow attached to ensuring this is legally reproduced in any thesis being deposited online in Spiral. Students will be introduced to the College’s repository, the Sherpa open access information services, and open access workflows.

On completion of this workshop you will be able to:

  • Recognise ‘What is open access?’ and understand the theory and background behind it.
  • Identify what you need to know about making your thesis open access.
  • Utilise the College’s repository, the Sherpa open access information services and open access workflows.
  • Employ the correct approach to making work from your PhD thesis, and any research-related work outside the thesis, available on open access .
  • Evaluate your work to ensure it meets the legal reproduction requirements for use of third party copyright material.

Open Access and Research Data Management for Early Career Researchers

Wednesday 26 September 2018

Members of the OA and RDM teams gave a joint presentation and workshop to ECRs in the Centre for Environmental Policy. Topics covered included REF, Data Management Plans (DMPs), OA and citations, data archiving, and more. A 30-minute presentation was followed by a 30-minute extended Q&A.

To arrange a similar session for your department please contact us.

Termly workshops

Tuesday 20 March 2018

Once a term the Scholarly Communication team carry out a workshop on open access, with specific reference to the PhD thesis, and related research outputs that may arise from PhD study.

NHLI workshops

Training workshops for the National Heart & Lung Institute as part of their ongoing commitment to postdoc training.

15 minute presentation + 1hr 45 mins questions/hands on practice (set up or deposit).

Presentation: What? Why? When? How? Open access publishing at Imperial‌

Thursday 25 January 2018

Postdocs, Fellows, PAs and PIs at Hammersmith campus

Thursday 16 November 2017

Postdocs, Fellows, PAs and PIs at Royal Brompton campus

NHLI workshop


"I found the meeting really helped me to understand what I need to do to ensure my work is accessible and will qualify for the REF. In particular it clarified the interconnection between ORCID and Symplectic, but that we need to upload manuscripts via Sympectic even though the publication details will feed through from ORCID. I hadn't realised that to be included in REF we need to upload the accepted version of a manuscript within 3 months and not wait for a publisher's proof version, even if that becomes available within the 3 month time period. I am now clear on the different roles of Symplectic and SPIRAL.”

Open Access for Business PhD students

Tuesday 7 November 2017

Introduction to Making your Thesis Open Access - Tuesday 7 November 2017
A general introduction to open access, with specific reference to the PhD thesis, and related research outputs that may arise from PhD study.

Presentation: Open access for Buisness PhD students

Finish Up Move On + (FUMO+)

Finish Up & Move On (FUMO) is one of the Graduate School's flagship courses and provides Doctoral students with invaluable skills to prepare them for whatever their next steps might be. The Open Access Team attend on one of the days and provides information on open access but also requirements for REF2021 and funds available to doctoral students.