Early Career Publishing Workshop

Sunday, 16 October 2016
QCCC, Room 2101


Join publishing experts Mia Ricci, Alidad Amirfazli and João Soares for a 360˚ look into the publishing world of scholarly and technical papers. In this workshop, you will learn how to integrate manuscript preparation into your daily routine, how to efficiently prepare a clear and well-organized manuscript, how the review process works, how to expedite your manuscript’s review (and acceptance), and about future trends and developments in scientific publishing. The workshop will conclude with an open discussion session.

Intended Audience

This workshop is intended for early-career chemical engineers: graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, new faculty members and new industrial researchers. However, anyone who publishes or reviews papers in scientific journals is welcome.

Workshop Content

  1. Strategies on integrating manuscript writing into one’s daily research routine and on how to interact with supervisors to ensure that the highest potential is gained from every investigation [1 hour]
  2. Instructions on how to prepare manuscripts and avoid unnecessary delays or misunderstandings during the review and publishing process, including an editor’s point of view outlining the typical review process and times involved [1 hour].
  3. BREAK [10-15 minutes]

  4. Tips on how to be expedient throughout the review stage [15 minutes].
  5. A Publisher's Perspective: future trends and developments in scientific publishing, drawn from the extensive experiences of a major international publisher of scholarly works [15 minutes].
  6. Open discussion between attendees and workshop speakers [20 minutes].

Register for Workshop

To register for this workshop, please contact Kyra Van Den Bos. Please provide your name and current employment (graduate student, post doc, professor, Industrial R&D etc.). Seating is limited – registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Instructor Bios

Alidad Amirfazli

Editor, Advances in Colloid and Interface Sciences and Associate Editor, Interfacial Phenomenon and Heat Transfer

Professor Amirfazli has 20 years of experience in study of interfacial phenomenon and physics of drop surface interactions as well as advanced surface fabrication. Before joining York in 2013, he held the Canada Research Chair in Surface Engineering at the University of Alberta. He has published extensively in the area of drop-surface interactions, drop impact and shedding, as well as superhydrophobicity (over 100 peer reviewed papers, and more than 200 presentations at international venues). He has worked with Canadian as well as European companies to find solutions for icing related to aerospace applications. Amirfazli has received many honors, e.g. induction to the College of New Scholars (Royal Society of Canada), Killam Professorship, PetroCanada Young Innovator, Fellowship of CSME and EIC. Amirfazli is well known internationally for his work on superhydrophobic surfaces and drop adhesion; he is the Editor of the Advances in Colloids and Interface Sci.; (IF of 8.2) as well as Associate editor for the Journal of Interfacial Phenomenon and Heat Transfer.  He normally manages a group of 10 researchers at his laboratory, i.e. Surface Engineering and Instrumentation Lab (SEiL). SEiL has a history of conducting collaborative research, in particular with research laboratories from European countries including Germany, Italy, Spain, and Belgium.

João Soares

Editor-in-Chief, The Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, Executive Advisory Board member, Macromolecular Journals (Wiley-VCH) and Coordinator, Macromolecular Reaction Engineering.

João Soares is a Professor in the Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering at the University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB, Canada). He hold a Campus Alberta Innovates Program (CAIP) Chair in Interfacial Polymer Engineering for Oil Sands Processing, and a Canada Research Chair (Tier I) in Advanced Polymer Reaction Engineering.

Before joining the University of Alberta on July 2013, João Soares was a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON, Canada) for 18 years. He worked as a research and development engineer for Pronor, COPENE, and Polibrasil (Brazil) before joining the University of Waterloo.

Prof. Soares has published over 190 articles in referred journals, written 13 book chapters, and is the author (with Timothy McKenna) of the book Polyolefin Reaction Engineering. He has offered 30 open and 23 in-house industrial short courses all over the world in his areas of expertise. Professor Soares is also a co-organizer in two main international polyolefin conferences: The International Conference on Polyolefin Reaction Engineering (INCOREP), and The International Conference on Polyolefin Characterization (ICPC).

Professor Soares is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, and a Professional Engineer in the Provinces of Ontario and Alberta. He is the recipient of the Premier’s Research Excellence Award (2000), the Union Carbide/Dow Innovation Recognition Program (2000, 2001), and the Syncrude/CSChE Canada Innovation Award for contributions to Chemical Engineering under the age of 40 (2001). He consults for several polyolefin-manufacturing companies in Canada, USA, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and has worked as an expert witness in several patent litigation cases.