FSK-8002 Scientific writing: why and how?

Writing and publishing scientific papers require a lot of practice. What are the best practices in your field of science, and why do journals reject papers? What about your English grammar, are there room for improvements?

Recommended for PhD candidates in their first or second year.

Prework
All participants will work on their own manuscript during the course. A manuscript must be submitted to Canvas about ten days in advance of the course (2 Oct 2018). This manuscript may be in an early or late stage, and it is a great opportunity for you to get the writing process started.

General literature and resources for scientific writing is available on Canvas.

Course (16–19 Oct 2018)
Two days (16–17 Oct) of lectures covering the publishing process, how to present figures and tables, presentation skills and the peer review process. Two days (18–19 Oct) are dedicated to a scientific English writing workshop focussing on grammar.

Location: NFH D-109

16 Oct: Prof. Malcolm Jobling (BFE-AMB) on the publication process
17 Oct: Varied programme, e.g. how to use figures and tables in publications, planning of writing and how to make and present PowerPoint slides at conferences
18–19 Oct: Writing scientitic English with Stewart Clark

Full schedule for 2018 will be published when ready, schedule for 2017 is available below:
FSK-8002_schedule2017

 

Group work
Groups of about four participants with similar scientific background are assigned with an experienced mentor. It is up to the group to decide how they want to work, but here is a suggestion:

  • The mentor reads through and give general comments on structure and return the manuscript by course start
  • Mentor and the group decide where, when and how often to meet. At each meeting, one or more manuscripts could be at focus. By now, the candidates should have incorporated the comments from the mentor.
  • The manuscript(s) at focus should be distributed to the group about three working days in advance, so that all members can formulate suggested improvements and constructive feedback.
  • When all manuscripts are discussed, and all feedback is incorporated, the final version must be submitted to Canvas by the deadline 14 Nov 2018

The aim is to improve your own manuscript, and practice in giving and receiving feedback.

Improvement of own manuscript, active participation during group meetings and input to the other participants’ manuscripts make you eligible for the exam. Some may not have their own manuscript ready yet, but may be eligible for the exam thorugh active participation during meetings.

Exam
You will be tested in the role as a peer reviewer. Choose between two fictive manuscripts, one from social sciences and one from natural sciences. Complete the reviewer form and formulate concrete feedback by referring to line numbers in the manuscript. The exam must be submitted by the deadline 21 Nov 2018 at 12.00.

Read more and register in the course catalogue: https://uit.no/utdanning/emner/emne/564818/fsk-8002?ar=2018&semester=H

Registration deadline is 1 Sept 2018.