Scientific Writing

"Writing a Research Paper for Publication"

Publishing in peer-reviewed journals is a key aspect of a career in medical research. In addition to a creative approach and robust analytical techniques, success requires complex skills in communicating results in English.

This scientific writing course consists of three main elements:

  • Linguistic components of better writing, such as correct word order, tense use, text-linking elements, and style, as well as variety in vocabulary and structure;
  • Specific characteristics of paper sections : effective textual strategies in writing the abstract, introduction, results and discussion sections of an article;
  • Self-help strategies for scientific writers, such as the effective use of model articles and online help in checking style and terminology.

The course is basically practical and consists of input sessions on language and text-construction strategies followed by language exercises, opportunities for application to personal writing, questions, discussion and correction. In addition, parts of participants’ own texts will be discussed and corrected.

Participants should be prepared to work on at least one of their own unpublished articles between the 4 sessions of the course. They can and should re-submit sections for correction and comment each time the course meets. Time spent in class is 24 hours, but outside-class work involves further writing and reviewing.

Ziel / Objective

Ziel / Objective

The main aim of the course is to enable participants to improve their written scientific English so that their articles are considered for publication by high-impact journals in their field.

Zielgruppe / Target Group

Zielgruppe / Target Group

For non English speaking researchers from the field of clinical medicine.

Voraussetzungen / Requirements

Voraussetzungen / Requirements

Course participants should therefore have conducted at least one study and already have the results before starting.
Course participants must submit 2-4 pages of uncorrected text, ideally the Introduction of a paper or a thesis they are writing, approximately 1 week before the start of the course. This will serve as a basis for individual writing work from the beginning. Specific information on this requirement will be sent out to participants 3 weeks prior to the course.

Kursort / Location

Kursort / Location

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Kosten / Fees

Kosten / Fees

USZ staff: CHF 700
Collaboration partner: CHF 1'000
Others: CHF 1'500
Course materials will be provided and are included

Daten und Anmeldung / Dates and Registration

Daten und Anmeldung  / Dates and Registration

4-days , intensive course, 09:00 - 15:00                                                            
Courses are only conducted with at least 7 registrations​.

Course 1/ 2020

          20. and 27. March, 03. and 21 April 2020
          online Registration
          No Reimbursement for Cancellations after January 30, 2020

Course 2/ 2020

         05., 12., 19. and 26 June 2020
         online Registration
         No Reimbursement for Cancellations after April 27, 2020

Course 3/ 2020

          30. October, 06. 13., 20.November 2020
          Registration will open Q2 2020
Kontakt und Information / Contact & Information

Kontakt und Information / Contact and further information 

Silke Ludwig, MSc, +41 43 253 02 48


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