Please enter both an email address and a password.

Welcome to the RCS website. If you've not used this website before you may need to reset your password below.

Account login

Need to reset your password?  Please enter the email address which you used to register on this site (or your membership/contact number) and we'll email you a link to reset it

We've sent you an email

An email has been sent to Simply follow the link provided in the email to reset your password. If you can't find the email please check your junk or spam folder and add to your address book.

How to Write a Surgical Paper

This practical course teaches the essential skills required for writing all types of surgical paper.

A series of tutorials and workshops will equip you with the techniques and knowledge to give your work the best chance of being published.

This course is run in collaboration with the British Journal of Surgery Society.

  • £166.50
  • 1 day
  • 6.00 CPD Points
1 day
6.00 CPD Points


Learning Outcomes

After attending this course, you should be able to: 

  • Discuss the benefits of publishing a surgical paper
  • Outline the methods of publishing a paper
  • Structure your writing in clear sections
  • Create a title from an abstract 
  • Understand the steps when writing a relevant abstract
  • Write a structured abstract from an article
  • Write accurate methods and the start of the results from an abstract
  • Determine rules of authorship
  • More confidently write and submit a surgical paper


This interactive course includes expert tutorials with a range of related workbook tasks, plus group discussions. 

You will use a range of text examples from recently published papers.

Additional Information

Course content

You will cover a variety of topics during this course, including:

  • Writing in scientific English
  • Authorship rules
  • How to logically section your work
  • Revising and editing

Take a look at a sample How to Write a Surgical Paper programme.


10% discount on this course for RCS members

Members, Fellows and Associates benefit from a 10% discount on this course when held at our Education Centre in London. Your discount will be applied automatically when booking. 

Find out more about joining today.


Free book for delegates

All candidates on this course will receive a free copy of the book How To Get Your Paper Published, edited by Jyoti Shah and Pippa Smart. This book is published by the RCS and is a comprehensive guide to submitting papers to medical journals. For more information on getting your paper published or to purchase a copy of this publication click here.

Booking Options

There are currently no dates available for this course. Please register your interest and we will email you when the next dates are announced.

Register your interest

Contact the education team

If you have a question about this course please don't hesitate to get in touch.


Phone us

Telephone: 020 7869 6300

We are available to take calls during our working hours of 8am - 4pm, Monday - Friday. There is a voicemail outside these times.

Fax: 020 7869 6320

Send us a message

We always aim to respond as soon as possible during our working hours of 8am - 4pm, Monday - Friday. Please call us with anything urgent.