Guidelines for Presenters

Selection of article:

The main criteria is that the article be timely and of interest to immunologists. Many presenters chose articles that are related to their specific research interests and areas of expertise. Others select to present recent articles that are timely, but outside their areas of expertise. Personally, I prefer the latter. It gives me the chance to learn something new and expand my knowledge of immunology. Either works. Remember that the journal club is an informal exchange of ideas - nobody is being graded and someone in the room usually has insights that will enhance the discussion.

While the format is informal, for an effective presentation you will need to prepare your journal club discussion ahead of time. I recommend organizing it as you would a seminar.

1. Prepare a sort overview that poses the overall question/hypothesis addressed, including any germane background information

2. For each figure, introduce the question, if needed explain the experimental design, review the data providing a critical analysis. Summarize what was learned from the experiments. Questions to keep are mind is does the data support the conclusions, did the authors include the appropriate controls, are there alternate interpretations, etc.
3. Conclude by summarize what was learned and the strengths and weaknesses.

Remember, that the goal is to critically analyze the current scientific literature. One of the strengths of journal clubs for trainees, and for more experienced scientists as well, is to gain experience at critically analyzing the scientific literature.


I would recommend that you set up your presentation as a powerpoint. This will allow you to show the specific pages using the share function in Zoom.
Most journal club presentations start with some background information. If you have figures or previously put something on the whiteboard, this can easily be incorporated in a powerpoint.

If you are not comfortable or adept with the technoloogy using Zoom, you can send your powerpoint to me and I can 'share' the pages and switch through the pages. For those of you that have have been giving presentations since the dark ages (90's and earlier), this would be like handing your slide carousel to the host, and then when you want to advance to the next slide, say "next slide please", at which point I will advance it for you. All at no extra charge! If you don't know what a slide carousel is, don't sweat it.

If you have questions, please contact me before hand and we can go over the mechanics of doing a Zoom presentation.

Thanks for your efforts to keep our tradition a stimulating journal club alive and well.

Joe McGillis