Organiser: Research cooperation: Focus on Soils & Water; Organism Biology
Last signup date: 4 August 2016
How to write and publish a scientific paper (4.5 HEC)
Scientific writing is an acquired skill that can be learned. This course provides instructions on how to structure and format each section of a scientific manuscript according to the IMRAD format, based on the book ‘Writing Scientific Research Articles: Strategy and Steps’ by Margaret Cargill & Patrick O’Connor (2009). Focus is placed on basic writing skills, particularly on how to write clear and concise sentences, paragraphs and sections. We will also discuss how to best present data in figures, how to use references and how to apply reference software appropriately.
The course consists of a mixture of lectures, and students will work individually on their own manuscript. As such theory and practice are integrated throughout the course. Constructive feedback and analysis of the manuscript drafts will be given during group meetings before moving on to the next section. In addition to the direct practical training in writing, this setup will also provide the students with a set of tools for the essential text analysis and editing needed to produce a manuscript ready for submission. The course will also include additional exercises and analysis of already published material.
The course will start on the 18th of August 2016 and continue until January 2017. Scheduled activities are eight group sessions (2h) approximately every two-three weeks (see attachment). Additional studies (not scheduled) consist of literature studies and written exercises.
The number of participants is limited to 10. Priority will be given to members of the Focus on Soils & Water and Organism Biology research schools but is open also to other PhD students. Deadline for application is 4th of August 2016.