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.

For the group work, you need to submit a manuscript about ten days in advance of course start (2 Oct 2018). The manuscript may be in an early or late stage, and this is a great opportunity for you to get the writing process started.

General literature and resources for scientific writing is available on Fronter/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

Schedule for 2017 is available below, 2018 will be published when it is ready.


Group work
Groups of about four participants with similar scientific background are assigned with an experienced mentor.  In total there will be four group meetings, and each time one manuscript will be in focus.

  • 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 by the deadline 14 Nov 2018

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.

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 in the course catalogue from 2017: https://uit.no/utdanning/emner/emne/509845/fsk-8002?ar=2017&semester=H

The Autumn 2018 course catalogue is not yet ready, but the application deadline is 1 Sept 2018.