Presentation Guidelines

Considerations for paper selection:

  • Innovation:Does this paper show significant innovation? Does it provide significant progress in the field?
  • Application:Does this paper apply methods correctly? In a novel or exciting way?
  • Methods:Does this paper use methods to test a hypothesis in the correct way?

Biophysical Journals

  • Biophysical Journal
  • Annual Review of Biophysics
  • Journal of Biomechanics
  • Biomaterials
  • Biosensors and Bioelectronics
  • Science
  • Nature
  • Nature Communications
  • Cell
  • PNAS
  • Structure
  • Nature Structural and Molecular Biology
  • Langmuir
  • Journal of Physical Chemistry B

To maximize clarity of slides and figures the following guidelines are suggested:

Guidelines for slides:

  • Text: should never be smaller than size 18 font, Arial or Times
  • Colors: Chose easy to read color schemes (be aware of red/green colorblindness)
  • Slide numbers:Add slide number to your slides

Guidelines for figures:

  • Figures should be large on the slide so that they can be easily read from the back of the room. Many journals have PowerPoint slides from the paper that can be downloaded for educational purposes.
  • Only include as much figure as can be described in 2-3 minutes per slide. It is okay to crop the figure (or use white boxes to cover parts of the figure) on a slide to prevent information overload. Put the rest of the figure on the next slide.
  • Only include data on the slide you wish to discuss or describe.

Guidelines for presenting the data:

  • Background:Prepare 5-10 minutes for background information, describe background area of research so that a diverse scientific audience can understand.
  • Hypothesis:Make the hypothesis or motivation clear before presenting the approach and data.
  • Controls:Make sure that controls are explained, this is very important for discussing data.
  • Future Directions:How could this work impact future applications at the University of Notre Dame?

Guidelines for the discussion:

The goal of the journal club is to provide an environment where biophysical research can be taught to and discussed by a diverse science audience.

The speaker and the moderator will be the drivers of the discussion. All are welcome to participate in discussions but the speaker will move the discussion forward, end the discussion, or start the discussion.