Yes. We look for authors with enthusiasm,
commitment and an interest in education. If you provide us with the
knowledge and the ideas to teach your module topic effectively, we
will support you as much as we can with language and writing
How much time will it take to write a
module for TrOn?
This will vary from author to author and
module to module. Once an author has been invited to write their
first draft (which follows approval of an outline of all the points
the module will cover), they will be given 6–8 weeks to submit to
Work on the module does not stop there,
however: the first draft will be reviewed by our Trainee Editor and
an expert in the field and the author asked to revise their module
content. A Content Editor will then work closely with the author to
develop the revised draft for the website. Once the online version
has been completed, we may go back to the Expert Reviewer for
further feedback, requiring additional changes. Finally, the Exam
Panels will check the online version against the
MRCPsych syllabus: they might request some final amendments
before the publication of the module on the website.
We have created a step-by-step guide to our module
processes with the rough timescales involved, but each module will be slightly different depending on
the time it takes for submissions, reviews and revisions.
I have a colleague who I would like to
co-author a module with me; is this allowed?
You are welcome to apply to contribute to TrOn
with a co-author if you have both obtained the MRCPsych (see FAQ below for further information
on co-author requirements). It is essential for all lead
authors to have passed the College membership exams. However, if
you would like to work with a trainee who has not taken the exams
or someone who works in another field (e.g. psychology or
pharmacy), you must present evidence for your co-author’s
suitability as an author on your module topic, including specific
training or education. We will consider co-authors in this category
on a case-by-case basis; acceptance is not guaranteed. The payment
for published modules is split between co-authors.
I have started the module and now I
think I need a co-author; what should I do?
the team in the first instance. If you have someone in mind and
they have passed the College membership exams, it is very likely
that we will be happy for them to be involved with TrOn but do
check with us first.
If you require a co-author from another field
(e.g. psychology or pharmacy) or who trains/works in psychiatry but
has not passed the exams (e.g. a Core Trainee or Specialty Doctor),
you will need to demonstrate their suitability to contribute to
your module topic. Possible evidence might include a postgraduate
degree on the topic or specialist training. You will also be
expected to take the lead on the module to ensure that its content
meets the needs of trainees preparing for their exams.
we may consider specific requests for co-authors who have not
obtained MRCPsych, however this will be on a case by case basis and
we cannot guarantee their acceptance. If you feel unable to
complete your module without a co-author but you can’t find someone
we might be able help so don’t hesitate to ask. The payment for
published modules is split between
I don't know how to format an online
module - what will I need to learn?
We do not expect you to have any technical
skills as an author for TrOn. You just need to provide us with the
written content, some possible ideas for interactive exercises, and
your suggestions for the images you would like to include. Your
module will then be assigned to a Content Editor, who will take the
initial Word document (or similar) and craft it into the finished
product. This involves sourcing or creating multimedia content,
developing interactive activities, and improving the clarity and
impact of your voice as an author. Your Content Editor will need
your input as the module evolves – you will be asked to respond to
queries and suggestions.
I want to incorporate images/videos in
my module; how do I do this?
Suggestions for images to include in your
module are always welcome, but remember that the majority of images
and videos taken from the web or publications will be copyrighted.
Please provide the sources for all images and videos that you use
so that we can ensure that appropriate permission is sought and
acknowledgement given. We have a form that you can use to request
permission for specific images/videos yourself and we can provide
support if required. Please note that permission is not always
granted, so we may need alternative suggestions.
Whilst we welcome the enthusiasm, we would not
recommend spending time drawing your own images, unless you are
unable to find or describe a similar image that demonstrates the
concepts you want to get across. Any hand-drawn images that you
include in your drafts will have to be redrawn by a Content Editor
when your module is prepared for the website.
If you want to make your own video, please get
in touch with us first – we may not be able to use it. We will also
require consent from anyone who appears in the video.
Do I need to reference sources from
Absolutely! Please include any and all
references for the content that is not your own work.
What if I can't manage the
Communication is the key. Although TrOn is an
online resource, we do have tight production schedules. However, we
understand that workloads can fluctuate and modules can take longer
to write than anticipated. If you are unable to submit to us by the
deadline you have been given, please contact the Editorial Assistant to agree
upon another date. We would much rather know that you are still
working on your module but in need of a bit more time than not hear
from you at all.
Who can I contact if I need support or have a
question about my TrOn module?
Please feel free to contact the Editorial Assistant if you are
having any issues or require advice on your module. Your request
can then be passed on to either one of our Content Editors or
Trainee Editor depending on the concern. The TrOn team is here to
support and assist you with your module so don’t feel shy if you
have a question or two.