Ever wonder what academics meant when they said they “needed to publish” or what the difference is between an article in a newspaper and a peer-reviewed journal? This session will clear up those sessions and more. During this hands-on training, we’ll review how academic journals operate, and what is involved in the peer review process. You’ll learn how articles are submitted, reviewed, accepted/rejected, and ultimately published.

Students who successfully complete this session will earn mastery certificates in each subject area and may be invited to become an academic reviewer and/or editor for HPHR Journal.

Participants who complete this session will be able to do the following: describe how to read and review academic articles; explain what it means to be an exceptional reviewer; detail how to write engaging, informative reviews for editorial boards and authors; describe the managing editing process; discuss what is involved in being a deputy editor; expound on the ethics of academic publishing; and provide an overview of establishing an academic journal.

Learning Objectives Covered
● Discuss academic publishing and the articles it produces
● Detail how to be an editor at an academic publication
● Explain how to be a reviewer at an academic publication.

Dr. Circe Gray Le Compte
BCPH Co-CEO, Chief Technology Officer, Director of BCPH Studio

Dr. Circe J. Gray LeCompte (she/her/hers) has served as editor-in-chief/co-editor-in-chief of HPHR since 2015, and was part of the Journal‘s founding board, as Deputy Editor, in 2014. She also is co-CEO of The Boston Congress of Public Health, which publishes HPHR. In addition to these leadership roles, she also serves as Chief Technology Officer and heads BCPH Studio. She is Executive Producer of Great Health Debates and co-Producer of The Humor Scientist with Matt Kazam. She also is the creator of the forthcoming Public Health History Mysteries.

Dr. Le Compte holds Master of Science and Doctor of Science degrees from Harvard University, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she majored in social and behavioral sciences theory/research methods, and racial and sexual/gender minority health. Her independent research inquiries have focused on the use of novel interventions, such as soap operas and PhotoVoice, to improve the health outcomes of medically-underserved populations. For her doctoral dissertation, she used both qualitative and quantitative methods to understand how lived experience frames the conceptualization of health and sexual harm reduction practices of Black/African-American gay and bisexual men and transwomen.

Dr. Le Compte has several decades of communications experience, serving as Director of Communications for the National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC) from 2004-2011; as Senior Researcher at Impact Marketing + Communications from 2011-12; and as a senior contractor with HealthHIV from 2011-2023. In addition to her work with BCPH, she holds a postdoctoral fellowship with the Division of Gender, Sexuality, and Health at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute and works as a senior director of Impact Marketing + Communications.


Example Curriculum

  Electrifying Your Career as An Academic Reviewer and Editor
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