This online professional skills training course provides input from journal editors and highly-published authors in your research area. The goal of the course is to improve your manuscript, learn about the submission process and receive feedback on your draft manuscript.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year’s course will be conducted with half of the course held live via Zoom. Participants will be required to complete coursework online prior to participating in the virtual, synchronous portions of the course.

Synchronous course dates and times:

  • Friday, January 15, 2021, 4–7:15 p.m. EST
  • Saturday, January 16, 2021, 1–5:45 p.m. EST
  • Sunday, January 17, 2021, 1–5:45 p.m. EST
  • Monday, January 18, 2021, 1–4:15 p.m. EST

Must be a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow or early-career investigator who is open to critiques, wants to expand their professional network and will have a first-author draft manuscript prepared by December 2020.

Application Process

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis through December 18, 2020 and must be submitted using the APS Online Awards Site. Read the How To Apply Guide for all application details.


Upon acceptance of your application, you will receive information on how to register and submit payment. Registration fee $260 member and $289 non-member.

Members-only Early Bird Registration: $250 by December 7, 2020.

Registration deadline: December 18, 2020.

Attendees are responsible for reviewing the course materials and requirements ahead of time to assure ability to complete the course work described in the syllabus. For special needs or requests, please notify APS Member Communities Department prior to the course registration deadline. APS will attempt to honor requests on a case-by-case basis.

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Apply for an Award

APS members in good standing can apply for the registration cost for the course for more details and to apply.

Course at a Glance

Application deadline: December 18

Questions? Contact: APS Member Communities Department

Who can apply: Grad students, postdoctoral fellows or early career investigators. Applicant must also provide a first-authored "draft" manuscript.