Journal Club Requirement/Presentation Instructions
Journal Club takes place every Monday from 11:00 - 11:50 a.m. in the Alec Sehon Suite, 4th Floor, Apotex Centre.

Attendance is taken at Journal Club meetings. Please remember to sign in on the sheet provided before the meeting begins.

Journal Club presentations are compulsory part of your graduate program.  (See Supplementary Regulation 2.1.  80% minimum attendance required.) If your presentation date is not workable, obtain the permission of Dr. Aaron Marshall , Faculty Journal Club Co-ordinator, to change it, then arrange to switch dates with another student and inform the General Office staff.  You cannot skip making a presentation.

Journal Club Presenters must send the web link (url) of their chosen article title (NOT the article itself) to Karen Morrow (Immunology Dept. Administrative Assistant) ONE WEEK PRIOR TO THE PRESENTATION DATE. Make sure to include THE FULL CITATION (Journal name, volume, date, and page numbers.) 

Please read:

How to Give Better Talks: Eight ways to improve your biomedical research presentation by David Rubenson, The Scientist website, October 2013.


Journal Club Improvements and Modifications
Implemented by Immunology Students, September 2010
REVISED, August 2012; September 9, 2016

Time frame:

  • Present for 30-45 minutes to allow for at least 15 minutes of discussion and questions at the end (total time 50 minutes)

Purpose of presentation and attendance:

  • To fulfill mandatory department requirement
  • To learn and stimulate discussion in an area of Immunology outside of your primary research interest
  • To develop critical thinking skills by evaluating the research article (both positively and negatively)
  • To interact with your peers

Choosing an article:

  • Article must have immunological relevance and be outside of your research area
  • Article must be from peer-reviewed, reputable journal (if unsure, ask supervisor for suggested journals)

Preparing a presentation:

  • Power point presentation should include:
    • study rationale & questions (include sufficient introductory/background information to explain)
    • research hypothesis
    • results – for each figure being presented include:
      • specific question being asked
      • experimental methods/design used (What does the assay readout measure? What variables are being manipulated? What are the positive and negative controls?)
      • data/results generated (statistics used?)
      • conclusion (was the question fully/partially answered?)
    • summary (could provide one final summary or summarize each section)
    • significance/impact of research (what is the new contribution)
    • critical analysis (could provide throughout presentation and/or outline at the end)
  • Presentation slide number should be close to length of presentation in minutes (ie. Approximately 30 slides should be presented in 30 minutes)
  • It is not always necessary to present EVERY figure or table to communicate the results of the study. If some figures are not discussed in the presentation, include them as extra slides in case they are needed in the discussion/question period.
  • Limit the amount of text per slide- it is always better to replace text with an image if possible!
  • Use a sans-serif font with size >12 pt. for easy viewing
  • Use colours and figures which are easy to see when projected
  • Practice often!
  • Read background papers to familiarize yourself with the field of research
  • Understand the methodology and the experimental design
  • Give the authors credit for well done experiments (part of critical analysis is understanding and appreciating good experimental designs considering the limitations we all work under)

The academic student representative will email a reminder 1 week in advance of your presentation. Reply with the PDF of your article attached for distribution. At this time, email Administrative Assistant, Karen Morrow ( the full article citation and abstract for the website, NOT the entire article.  Please copy the text of the citation and abstract into your email, NOT the link to the article.

Presenting article:

  • Arrive 10 minutes early to upload presentation on computer
  • Wear provided microphone and use laser-pointer
  • Introduce yourself and remind the audience of your research area for contrast with the article you chose
  • Present in a clear, loud voice and do not rush (remember that if people cannot hear or understand your talk, then how can they grade you accurately?)
  • Engage your audience with eye contact and be conscious of their presence
  • Give audience time to take everything in on each slide (don’t just flash a busy slide for a few seconds)
  • Pause before advancing to the next slide or transitioning into a new thought