Getting published in peer review by Professor Joshua Cinner

This series of short instructive videos aims to reduce the mystery around successful scientific publication. Filled with useful and practical information, they take you through the process of scientific writing, structuring a journal article and successfully navigating the peer review process. There is an assumption you have conducted robust research and analysis.  

The materials are designed and delivered by Professor Joshua Cinner of the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University. They were produced as part of the science quality and capacity development initiatives under FISH and through the partnership between WorldFish and the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University.


  • This video describes the preparation and building blocks needed before you start writing your paper

  • This video gives you tips on points of style and how to avoid common writing flaws.

  • The pros and cons of title types and the reasons you might use them, as well as how to refine an abstract to pack a punch in a few words. Don’t annoy the reviewer and lose the reader this early!

  • A short video that explains how to set up the problem, gap and research question in the introduction of your journal article.

  • A guide on how to construct a clear, succinct and repeatable method that details the ‘who, what, when, where and how’ of your study.

  • Rules and tips for presenting research data, tables and figures that get your message across without making the reader work for it.

  • Learn how to situate your findings, broader contexts, contribution to and prospects for future research.

  • Selecting a journal for your paper can be a bit mysterious. This video breaks down the how and why of journal selection.

  • This video covers how to prepare your paper for a particular journal and work with the journal's structure and style guide.

  • Here, journal rejection rates and reasons are explained, as well as how to turn rejection into a positive and ultimately productive experience.

  • Authoring a paper with others has many benefits. This video lays out the guidelines and principles of fair and transparent communication, collaboration and co-authorship.