Choosing a Paper
We invite you to choose a paper that is interesting to you, and at the same time has relevance for others. Consider the accessibility of the paper for others in our community, and also the quality of the paper. We encourage you to use a Critical Appraisal Tool (see the Journal (Media) Club resources page) to support your evaluation of the paper.
If you’re feeling brave, you may even like to contact the author(s) of the paper and invite them to participate in the chat.
Pre-Chat Blog Post
Please prepare a short blog post to introduce the paper you have chosen and email it to the OTalk team by the first Tuesday of the month before your chat. In it, please include:
- The link/reference of the paper you have chosen
- A brief summary of the paper (or a copy of the abstract)
- A brief explanation of why you have chosen this article for discussion
- Approximately 3 questions/discussion points that have emerged from your reading of the article – to be discussed in the journal club
Please check the blog post for comments and reflections during the month and post, where relevant, to support the discussion.
During the Chat
Please be aware that you will need an open/publicly viewable Twitter account for hosting a chat – if your Twitter account is ‘protected’/locked, only your followers will be able to read your tweets. If you have a locked account, you could either un-protect it for the purpose/duration of the chat, or alternatively create an open account. Further information about protecting/unprotecting your tweets is available at this link on the Twitter website (opens in a new window).
After the Chat
A member of the OTalk team will save a transcript of the discussion approximately 24 hours after the journal club has finished. We invite you to write a short summary or reflection on the chat. Please email this to the OTalk team within a week.
You will receive a certificate for your participation. You may also like to complete the CPD form available at this link.