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WAGs (Writing Accountabilty Groups)

Join a WAG (Writing Accountability Groups)

Would you like a little nudge and some peer support to ramp-up your writing productivity? Do you need some structure to advance your scholarship? Join your peers for a weekly “writing accountability group” (WAG). The Office of Faculty Development has initiated WAGs at the East Baltimore and Bayview campuses. A WAG is an active writing group that meets weekly for a 10-week block and follows a strict agenda of 15 minutes of updates followed by 30 minutes of individual writing, and then 15 minutes of reporting and wrap-up. There is evidence for measurable improvements in writing productivity, writing quality, improved goal-setting and time management skills, and networking and community-building. WAGs are limited to 4-8 participants.

Please read the FAQs to learn more and how you can start a WAG in your department/ division! 


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Editing Referral Service (ERS) Johns Hopkins

The PDO is now hosting the Editing Referral Service formerly based at the Welch Medical Library. The Editing Referral Service is a directory of qualified editors who can provide editorial assistance on a fee-for-service basis to Hopkins researchers. This directory is for faculty, staff and students affiliated with Johns Hopkins University or the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. The cost of editing provided by the editors listed in the directory is to be negotiated directly between the editor and the Hopkins researcher.

  • This referral service is designed to assist members of the Johns Hopkins biomedical community in finding a qualified freelance scientific editor who can provide editorial assistance with their academic writing projects. The editors listed here have considerable experience in the academic medical community and have undergone a screening process to evaluate their editing expertise and their ability to provide timely and reliable service.
  • All of these editors offer substantive editing: After critically reading a document, they can make constructive suggestions to improve its logical organization and clarity. Taking into account the document's intended audience, they also suggest revisions to increase the readability of the text and to ensure that the grammar and word choice conform to standard written English. Their goal is to help their clients produce documents that are well-organized, accurate, clear, and concise.
  • These freelance professionals offer their editorial assistance on a fee-for-service basis, and all arrangements for obtaining their services are to be made directly between the Hopkins author and the chosen editor. Authors are to negotiate directly with their editors regarding the scheduling and scope of the proposed work and the terms and payment for the editing services provided. Payment by the author is to be made directly to the editor. The editors receive no financial compensation from Johns Hopkins for the editing provided through this referral service. 

For additional information about particular editors listed below (including their areas of expertise and types of documents they will edit), please click on the individual's "Editor Profile". 




Preferred Subject Area

Personal Web Page

For More Info

Michelle Jones, Ph.D., ELS

Ph.D., Cellular and Molecular Medicine
BS, Chemistry

Basic & clinical sciences


Editor Profile

Sarah L. Poynton, Ph.D., or More Details: OnProcess

Ph.D., parasitology
B.Sc., Biology

Basic sciences &
Manuscripts from non-native English speakers


Editor Profile

Patricia A. Stephens, Ph.D.

Ph.D., English
B.A., Mathematics

Clinical sciences,
public health


Editor Profile

Martin Blair,
Publications Coordinator

Linguistics (English, Korean, Latin,
Greek, French)

Research proposals,
clinical sciences,
public health


Editor Profile

Deborah A. McClellan, Ph.D.

Ph.D., Cell Biology
A.B., Zoology

Basic &
clinical sciences


Editor Profile


Getting that Paper out the Door: Pearls and Pitfalls for Publishing

Co-sponsored by Office of Faculty Development and the Professional Development Office

Click here to view a video recording of the seminar: Getting That Paper Out the Door

  • Last offered: October 23rd, 2014; 8:30 - 10:00 am 
  • Instructors: Dr. David Yousem, Dr. Kimberly Skarupski, and Dr. Donna Vogel

Do you struggle with getting those papers done? Have you been scooped by other investigators because you were late getting your paper published? Do you stare at the computer screen not knowing how to complete that manuscript? It’s time to address those issues and learn how to get those papers out the door! Panelists who specialize in clinical, basic science, translational research, and outcomes research will offer ways to overcome your writing hurdles. Before the session, participants who have RSVP’d will be asked to identify their most significant barrier to writing productivity. The panelists will structure their presentations and activities around the most significant writing barriers that the attendees themselves have identified. Participants will leave the session having identified several strategies for increasing writing productivity….on their way to academic success. Come, learn, write!


Writing for Publication

Sponsored by the Professional Development Office (PDO), Instructor: Dr. Donna Vogel

  • Monday, May 18, 2015; 9:00 - 2:00 PM; Mountcastle Auditorium
  • Tuesday, October 13, 2015; 9:00 - 2:00 PM; West Lecture Hall 

For More Information and Registration>> 

This course focuses on the “anatomy and physiology” of a research paper: the content and purpose of the Abstract, Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results and Discussion.  The session includes: presenting data, including graphs, tables and figures; understanding the peer review process; and principles of effective scientific writing.  While the focus of this workshop is on writing a research paper, other types of publications are briefly discussed, including case reports and review articles.




Welch Medical Library

  • Friday, November 21, 2014; 10:30-11:30 AM, 2024 East Monument Street (Lab #1) 

Registration and more>>

Refworks is a free (to the Hopkins community) Web-based program you can use to organize your research. Learn how to enter citations as you work, import references retrieved from Pubmed into your Refworks library and create bibliographies in a variety of formats using the Refworks add-on WriteNcite.

For Additional Welch Library Classes and Lectures, Go to: Welch Medical Library


PubMed:Search Like a Pro 

Welch Medical Library

  • December 3, 2014; 12:00-1:00 PM, 2024 East Monument Street (Lab #1)

Registration and more>>

PubMed is the National Library of Medicine's database that provides access to over 17 million biomedical citations and offers links to many online publications and related articles. Learn how to customize your searching experience using Display Settings and MyNCBI. Learn about using Citation Matcher to locate incomplete citations and how the Search Details, Advanced Search, Search History and Send to features can assist you in creating searches and managing results. Learn to build expert search strategies with the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) Database, save search strategies and set up alerts via MyNCBI, and how to access Welch electronic journal holdings or request articles through FIND IT @ JH.


Welch Medical Library's Informationist Program

The Informationist Program at the Welch Medical Library serves the faculty, fellows, students, and staff of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions by sharing information about library collections and services and partnering with individuals and departments to support their research, clinical and teaching needs.

What types of services can my informationist provide?

Research Support

  • Consult on literature searching (research, clinical practice, or evidence-based medicine)
  • Get help with:
    • Systematic review searching
    • Data searching (statistics)
    • Background literature searches for grant proposals, papers, or reviews
    • NIH Public Access Policy

 Information and Citation Management

  • Learn to more easily format references for papers and grants using RefWorks or EndNote.
  • Learn which product best meets your needs

Databases and Journals

  • Request topic-specific journals, books, and other resources
  • Hone your skills in searching for the literature using databases such as PubMed, Embase, SCOPUS,Web of Science, and PsycINFO
  • Receive updates on your favorite electronic resources
  • Learn searching tips and tricks

Information Access, how to:

  • Access full text articles from home (remote access) or office
  • Search the multi-library catalog
  • Request documents through interlibrary loan (Weldoc)

Grant and Presentation Support

  • Create effective poster presentations
  • Search for funding opportunities
  • Provide background searching for grant applications

How can my informationist provide these services?

  1. Departmental faculty and staff meetings
  2. One-on-one or small group in person meetings with faculty, staff and students
  3. In collaboration with teaching faculty on information skills training
  4. Journal clubs
  5. Lecture series
  6. Library orientations
  7. Through creating a customized Welch Information Portal and/or Space to meet the needs of your institution

For more information, contact your Welch Informationist:
Victoria H. Goode, MLIS, AHIP
Clinical Informationist
Welch Medical Library


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