Professor Colin Binns

Professor Colin Binns John Curtin Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Public Health, Curtin University, WA

MM2016 Workshop Facilitator

Professor Binns graduated in medicine from the University of Western Australia and worked for several years in hospitals in Perth and then in Papua New Guinea as a mission doctor for eight years. He joined Curtin University in 1977 and became Head of the School of Public Health at Curtin University, a position held for 21 years. Other positions at Curtin included the Foundation Director, National Centre for Research into the Prevention of Drug Abuse and director of the Curtin Health Service. He continues at Curtin University undertaking research, supervising PhD students, some overseas consultancies and lectures and in private medical practice. He has served on 20 committees of the National Health and Medical Research Council, including Chair of the Dietary Guidelines and Infant Nutrition committees for several decades.

Currently he is an editor with the ‘Asia Pacific Journal of Public Health’, the ‘Health Promotion Journal of Australia’, ‘Nutrients’ and ‘Nutrition and Medicine’. Publications include more than 550 papers, books and chapters, in nutrition, health promotion, public health and related areas. He has run many workshops on ‘Writing Papers’ at universities throughout Asia. Honours include the ‘Asia Pacific Clinical Nutrition Award, Research Australia Lifetime Achievement Award, Senior Australian of the Year (WA) and Public Health awards from Asia Pacific Academic Consortium for Public Health and the Australian Public Health Association.

Workshop: How to write a research paper and get it published

Friday 18 November, 1645-1800

Improving health depends on the accurate and accessible communication of advances in science and the effectiveness of its implementation in community and curative medical services. Today the health practitioner and medical scientist have many new opportunities for publication, but at the same time are facing new issues in publication. These include open access publishing, industry sponsorship, academic elitism, subtle censorship pressures and issues of research and implementation ethics. In this workshop we will discuss changes in publishing, the selection of an appropriate journal, structuring your research to maximise publishing opportunities and preparing an acceptable manuscript.

A good paper begins with a quality research project or proposal for a systematic review. When preparing a research program papers and authorship are an important component of the protocol. Data is then managed to ensure that it is accurate and complete to facilitate publication. Key words require careful selection as they determine whether the paper will be found by contemporary databases. They are included as often as possible in the title, abstract and main text.

The text of an article follows the standard format used by most journals of ‘review, methodology, results and discussion’. Variations from this format are usually rejected by editors. Other common reasons for rejection include sample size and selection, ethics and poor statistical analysis.

Traditional print journals run by learned societies are under increasing challenge from ‘for- profit companies’ and newer formats. The workshop will discuss maximising your publications in this changing environment.