The course promotes clarity, fluidity, conciseness, and organization in scientific writing. Students will learn to write fluidly to maintain the attention of the scientific reader.
Based on the book Scientific Writing 2.0: a Reader and Writer’s guide, the course promotes clarity, fluidity, conciseness, and organization in scientific writing. The trainer looks at the scientific writing style through the lens of human factors. To be reader-friendly, course participants write with the reader scientist in mind (and especially the reviewer and editor). They use checklists and open-source assessment tools (SWAN, etc) to control the quality of their figures and of their manuscript’s title, abstract, introduction, structure, conclusions and references. They learn how to write fluidly to maintain the attention of the reader.
- Introduction: Write to be read – a reader, reviewer, and editor perspective. How to avoid the writing pitfalls that make the memory-bound, attention-bound, time-bound, and knowledge-bound reader stumble.
- Module 1: The “Why” and the “How” of elements of the standard scientific paper structure: title, abstract, introduction, body (headings, subheadings, tables and graphs), conclusion, and
- Module 2: Elementary principles of composition: reaching clarity, conciseness, organisation, precision and fluidity in writing to support the scientific contribution and be accepted for publication.
- Module 3: Identification of writing problems: a walkthrough process to detect fluidity problems at sentence and paragraph level.
The participants bring to the course a published paper they have written or read and are familiar with. No review, no short letter. The paper should have informative headings and subheadings. At the end of the course, the participants will know clearly how to improve their writing and their paper.