"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Participants should be prepared to work on at least one of their own unpublished articles between the 4 sessions of the course.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.