743901 VU Scientific Writing I

winter semester 2021/2022 | Last update: 24.09.2021 Place course on memo list
VU Scientific Writing I
VU 1

Students learn the IMRAD Structure of scientific papers and the peer-review process.

1- What is a primary scientific publication? What is the peer-review process? Solving some common  errors in scientific writing. The structure of a scientific publication.

2-When, what, and where to submit your manuscript

3- What to write first

4- How to prepare a good title and keywords

5-The abstract, active vs. passive formulations, wordiness

6-The introduction

7-Mastering the structure of paragraphs

8-Academic words used for reporting and connecting ideas

9- What information should be given in Materials and Methods?

10-Results (preparing tables and figures, common errors, legends, presentation)


12-The appropriate tense for each section

13-Learning to avoid plagiarism

14-Word usage in scientific writing

15-Words and expressions to avoid; being concise

16-Use of citations

17-Tips on preparing the final version of the manuscript  

18-Submitting the final version

19- Editors and the peer review process

26-Making a review: how should the comments for the authors look like?

27-Learning why manuscripts (in theory) get accepted/rejected

28- Page proof, open access or printed journals in a paperless age.

Continuous assessment (based on regular written and/or oral contribution by participants).


Barass, R. (2002) Scientists Must Write. Routledge, London.

Belcher, W.L. (2009) Writing your journal article in 12 weeks: a guide to academic publishing success. Sage Publications, London.

Blackwell, J. and J. Martin (2011) A scientific Approach to scientific writing. Springer.

Council of Science Editors. (2006) CSE: Scientific style and format: the CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers. 7th ed. Reston, VA.

Day, R. A. (2006) How to write and publish a scientific paper. 6th ed., Cambridge University Press, New York.

Matthews, J. and R. Matthews (2007) Successful Scientific Writing: A Step-by-Step Guide for the Biological and Medical Sciences. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Pechenik, JA (2004) A short guide to writing about biology, 5th ed., Longman, New York.

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Group 1
Date Time Location
Wed 2021-10-13
09.00 - 10.00 eLecture - online eLecture - online Vorbesprechung
Tue 2022-01-18
09.00 - 12.00 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Wed 2022-01-19
09.00 - 12.00 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Thu 2022-01-20
09.00 - 12.00 eLecture - online eLecture - online
Fri 2022-01-21
09.00 - 12.00 eLecture - online eLecture - online