Courses for groups of researchers, without trainers

A standalone course package for groups and institutions to run themselves

We are now offering our popular online training course ‘Writing and publishing a research paper’ as a standalone course package for groups and institutions to run themselves.

Lower budget option

Ideal for institutions with a lower budget who aren’t able to book Cofactor’s trainer-led courses but would still like to use our highly rated course materials.

Special introductory pricing

While we are trialling this way of delivering our courses, you can try them for a special introductory price. Contact us for details.

Course format

Course material – All the most recent course materials on our Moodle site in a dedicated course page

Discussion forums on Moodle

Access to the materials for a defined time (minimum 2 months) and an agreed maximum number of participants

Technical support to help you enrol your participants and run the course

Suggestions for how to add live sessions or other opportunities for discussion yourself


In the video below, Anna Sharman, Cofactor founder, provides a run-through of the course materials on Moodle.

The writing and publishing training researchers need

Cofactor’s training on writing and publishing can support your researcher development programme or research department, providing the writing and publishing training that researchers need.


This course is for researchers at all stages of their careers, especially PhD students, and early career researchers / postdocs.


Suitable for researchers in science, technology, engineering, medicine and social sciences.

Our courses have been designed by a former biologist with long experience working with biological and medical journals, and refined with help from experts in physical sciences, engineering, computer sciences and social sciences.

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Interactive, engaging, accessible

Presentation videos

Engaging recorded video presentations by Anna Sharman giving the main material for the course, with edited captions for accessibility

Written materials

Handouts provide all the text that is in the recorded presentations, and more

Practical exercises

A wide variety of exercises help participants to grasp the material, such as rewriting example sentences, analysing published papers and researching journals

Designed for cohorts

We recommend providing the course materials for a defined time to enable participants to work together and discuss

Group discussions

The course includes forums on Moodle for discussion, and we provide suggestions for other ways to get participants talking to each other

Simple to set up

You just pick options and dates and send a purchase order; we set up the course on our Moodle site and show you how to adjust it, organise discussion opportunities and advertise it

What participants say about our training

“I like the exercise about having our own journal. It was very instructive and made me put myself into an editor’s shoes. I also like that all info in the videos was provided in handouts. I hate having to write down every word in a video-recorded lecture.”

Diana Rotaru Yakkaphan, King’s College London, UK

“…I would have liked to do it in person!! Course worked very well using zoom though. It was good to have time between the meetings to do the work.
A great deal of really relevant information was presented really well. I wish I had done the course a year ago – before I worked on my 2 papers – would have saved a great deal of time and effort! Helpful for next paper though. The interactions with other fellows worked well if other fellows comfortable talking online..”

Emma Hellawell, Daphne Jackson Trust, UK

“Really good course. Very well put together. The videos are great on youtube to complete in your own time. Loved the Journal finder tools. This is an excellent course for anyone in research… It helps to make you a bit more independent in pursuing publications. Very inspirational.”

Participant, Institute of Cancer Research, UK

Course content and customisations

Course delivery

We can deliver our key course content in a range of ways, both online and in person (when possible).

Our most popular format is a 5-week course with 5 live video sessions of 1.5 hours each, supported by videos and other materials on Moodle.

In person training can be 1-day or 2-day workshops at your location.

Course content

Cofactor training is based on our course 'Writing and publishing a scientific paper', which can be customised in a number of ways, including for different subject areas, or with the focus on either writing or publishing.

Our online courses are modular, so you can pick the modules you want covered and the pattern of live video sessions that suit you.

Training budget

From bespoke courses designed for your researchers, to off-the-shelf e-learning packages, we have options to support a range of  training budgets.

Whether you run the central researcher development centre of a large university or are a small department or group, our courses can be customised to fit your needs. Get in touch to find out how.

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Why Cofactor?

Cofactor courses aim to inform, inspire and include


We inform with insider insights from a journals expert, updated regularly


We inspire participants to consider open science and open scholarship

More about our values


We aim to include everyone through our work on equality and accessibility

More about inclusion

Find out more

If you’d like to book training for your organisation, or have questions about Cofactor training, including customisations, please get in touch.

You can use our contact form, email us direct or call us:

+44 (0)20 8819 3233

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