ASLM2018 Preconference Workshop on Manuscript Writing

Sponsors: African Society for Laboratory Medicine, Public Health England (PHE), and the BMJ Group
Date: Sunday, 9 December 2018
Time: 8:00-12:00
Location: Benue/Plateau

Pre-application is required.


This workshop will be of interest to early career scientists looking to improve their writing skills.


The African Journal for Laboratory Medicine (AJLM), ASLM’s scholarly journal is hosting a half-day pre-conference workshop on manuscript writing. Participants will hear short talks by resource persons and will perform hands-on-activities to hone a manuscript of their own.

The workshop will prioritize early career scientists who are authoring, or looking to author, one of their first five manuscripts for publication. Intended participants must apply to the workshop after registering for ASLM2018.

Participants that complete the workshop will:

  • Be cognizant of the requirements for responsible conduct of research and ethical writing;
  • Understand and avoid unintentional plagiarism, conflicts of interest and other writing misdemeanors
  • Understand how to outline a manuscript and use the outline to draft a narrative
  • Be able to outline and draft an abstract for a scientific paper
  • Be able to navigate journal peer review processes and,
  • Have a sense of where to go for writing assistance and support.


  • Ike Anya, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine & EpiAfric
  • Marie Anne Chattaway, Public Health England
  • Iruka N Okeke, African Journal of Laboratory Medicine; Professor University of Ibadan

Other writing resource persons:

  • Colin S. Brown, Public Health England
  • John Elston, Public Health England
  • El-shama Monu-Nwoko, African Journal of Laboratory Medicine
  • Erkison Ewomazino Odih, African Journal of Laboratory Medicine
  • Nicaise Ndembi, Institute for Human Virology Nigeria and African Journal of Laboratory Medicine
  • Clement Ndongmo, USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program – Procurement and Supply Management (GHSC-PSM)
  • Bethanie Rammer, African Journal of Laboratory Medicine
  • Diane Waku-Kouomou, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Application process

  1. Your entire application should be sent by e‐mail as a single document (MSWord or pdf) to
  2. Please indicate your name, e‐mail address, institution, present position and ASLM2018 registration number at the top of the application.
  3. Please write a paragraph (150 words max) summarizing why you think you should get a place on this workshop.
  4. List manuscripts you have published (peer reviewed or not) or submitted to publication to date.
  5. If you are selected for the workshop, we will ask that you bring an unfinished manuscript or a manuscript concept. What is the draft Title and Abstract of potential manuscript you could bring?
  6. Please attach a brief CV – NIH biosketch (fellowship) style