InPrint is a trainee-run scientific communication network that provides free, confidential editing, design schema services, and presentation consulting of scientific communication to the Washington University research community. Our mission is to improve the quality of scientific communication, encourage discussions among authors during the writing, design, and presentation processes, and enhance graduate student and postdoctoral communication skills. InPrint also aims to support the professional development of trainees seeking opportunities in science writing or editing by sponsoring communication-related workshops and events.
The InPrint Editing Team offers offer editing of a broad range of communication types (abstracts, manuscripts, grants, posters, dissertations, graphical work, etc.). Our typical editing workflow is designed to help less experienced editors work with more experienced ones to develop or improve their editing skills. In turn, each submission is reviewed by at least two editors, strengthening the editing process for the client. Editing of submitted material is on a volunteer basis; however, members are required to edit at least two submissions per 6-month period, with one being a manuscript.
The InPrint Presentation Consulting Team provides feedback on all forms of verbal scientific communication, including seminars, chalk talks, poster presentations, and more. Our goal is to help you communicate your scientific research clearly, concisely, and confidently to a wide variety of audiences. Presentation Consultants work directly with clients in real-time to help them achieve their specific communication goals. We listen to talks then provide feedback on both the narrative and style of the presentation. Consultants are expected to attend InPrint meetings, and they are encouraged to contribute to other initiatives such as designing and leading workshops.
The Schema Design Team illustrates scientific concepts for publications, graphical abstracts, posters, cover art, grants, websites, and more! We believe that well–designed figures enhance scientific communication, so we work with researchers to conceptualize and illustrate scientific concepts. Our goal is to create artistic, well–designed, and original illustrations using professional vector graphic software (e.g., Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape). Click here to learn more
Aside from our editing, design, and presentation consulting services, InPrint holds monthly meetings, which alternate between general meetings for the whole team and individual team meetings. General meetings cover career development and skill development across all forms of science communication. Individual team meetings provide development for a specific team (editing, schema design, or presentation consultation). Active group members are expected to attend 2/3 of these general membership meetings annually.