Scientific Writing

The aim of the course is to give interest, motivation and prerequisites for publishing well-written scientific papers in first-class scientific journals. Lectures and presentations will be given 15-17 April, 2019 at the Linnanmaa Campus, University of Oulu, Oulu. During this period group work will also be carried out by the participants. Teacher of the course is Professor em. Bengt Lundberg, Applied Mechanics, Uppsala University.

Target group: Doctoral and master’s students from all disciplines, especially in natural sciences and technology, with preference given to doctoral students. The most suitable time to take the course is during the first or second year of doctoral studies, or late master studies. 

Language: English.

Contents:
Lectures: Introduction to scientific writing. Science and writing. Scientific publications. Scientific journals. Primary-secondary. Subscription-open access. Printed-electronic. Impact factor. What results to publish? Why publish in a journal? Predatory journals. The h index. Structure and contents of a scientific paper. The IMRAD format. Title. Abstract. Introduction. Methods and materials. Results. Discussion. Acknowledgements. References and citations. Appendices. Figures. Highlights. Supplementary material. Language and style. Simple, straight and clear. Personal and impersonal. Present and past tense. Dangling participle. Abbreviations. Acronyms.  Readability. Equations. The publication process. Co-authors, reviewers and editors. Preparing, submitting and revising a manuscript. Consistency. Conflict of interest. Responding to reviews. Correcting proofs. Ethics related to publishing. Plagiarism. Duplicate submissions and publications.
Group work: Critical reviews of scientific journal papers from the perspective of the course. Presentations and discussions of group work.

Course material: Copies of Power Point presentations will be handed out. Each participant is asked to bring a paper published in a scientific journal for possible use in the group work.

Examination: Full participation in each session is required.

Times and places:

  • NB: complimentary coffee during the coffee breaks marked in the program.

Monday 15 April
08.15-12.00 Lectures, discussion (incl coffee break). Place: Lecture hall IT 113, Environmental Sciences Building
Afternoon   Group work. Free choice of place

Tuesday 16 April
08.15-12.00 Lectures, discussion (incl coffee break). Place: Lecture hall IT 116, Environmental Sciences Building
Afternoon   Group work. Free choice of place

Wednesday 17 April
08.15-10.00   Group work / Presentations of reviews (depending on the number of participants). Place: Lecture hall IT 115, Environmental Sciences Building
10.00-10.30   Coffee break and change of lecture room.
10.30-12.00   Group work / Presentations of reviews (depending on the number of participants). Place: Lecture hall IT 116, Environmental Sciences Building
13.15- 17.00  Presentations of reviews. Place: Lecture hall IT 116, Environmental Sciences Building

Registrations
Please register in the course latest on April 14, 2019 using the web-form in this link.

Information about the course:
The course “Scientific Writing” was given the first time in the early 1980s at Luleå University of Technology. Since then, the course has been updated every year and it has been given regularly at universities in Sweden and Finland. Since a number of years, the course is given once per semester at Uppsala University and once per year at Aalto University with about thirty participants at each occasion. Occasionally it has been given also at research institutes and universities in other countries. It is estimated that the course has been taken by more than two thousand PhD students and researchers altogether.

More information:
Prof. Zongxian Zhang (Zongxian.zhang (at) oulu.fi)

 

Last updated: 28.2.2019