Information for authors

Whether you are a prospective author or you have been commissioned to write for us, this page should contain the information you need. You might also want to read through the Author FAQs that we have created. Remember to look at our published modules for inspiration and ideas.


Prospective authors

Commissioned authors



Thinking about writing for Trainees Online?


Please see our Author Recruitment page for current opportunities to write for us. You must be a
post-membership trainee to apply.


Here are four reasons to become involved with Trainees Online from our Trainee Editor, Genevieve Holt:


  1. Writing for us will deepen your understanding of the MRCPsych syllabus as it relates to examination preparation


  2. You will develop your teaching skills and learn about creating online learning materials, with the full support of a dedicated team at the College


  3. You will be the author of a published online learning module, endorsed by the Royal College of Psychiatrists


  4. You can contribute to the training of pre-membership trainees across the UK.


We have created a guide to our production processes [PDF], which outlines the lifespan of a TrOn module from commissioning through to publication online. The documents in the current authors’ section below will also give you an idea of our expectations for Trainees Online modules and the commitment required.




Currently commissioned to write a module for us?


The following guides, templates and forms will provide you with everything you need to submit module drafts to Trainees Online:


  • Our Guide for Authors [PDF] provides full guidelines on planning and writing your module draft(s). Please read through this Guide carefully if you have been commissioned to write for us and let us know if you have any questions or concerns.


  • You must submit your draft(s) using our Module Template [DOC]. If you are unable to use the template, please ensure that you have included all of the required fields and submit using Microsoft Word (PowerPoint will not be accepted).


  • You will need to refer to the MRCPsych syllabus (last updated July 2018) throughout the writing process.


  • For any content that will require permission for us to use on the website (e.g. images, tables, videos), please include full information on the source and a link to the original image, if possible, so that we can seek appropriate acknowledgement. If you need any advice on this, send us an email. We are happy to request copyright on your behalf.


  • All authors must sign our Plagiarism Declaration [DOC] and Declaration of Interests [DOC] forms. We will also send you an Author Agreement, which you must sign before your module can be published.


  • The originality and credibility of our module content is incredibly important to us. All submissions and revisions will be checked for plagiarism using iThenticate software. Please see our Statement of Publication Ethics [DOC] and our Guide to iThenticate [PDF]. 


  • You might like to consult our guide to production processes [PDF], outlining the lifespan of a module from commissioning through to publication. This will give you an idea of each stage of production and where your module is up to in the process.



If you require additional support at any time, please do not hesitate to get in touch.


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