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E4b Writing scientific articles in English - 21H

Training course objectives:

  • Know how to apply the Anglo-Saxon approach to writing scientific articles: logical progression, keeping the reader focused.
  • Understand the importance of the reader and thus that of the clarity and precision of your message.
  • Master the structure of the article and give body to your written discourse.
  • Understand that you have to think in another language in order to write it comprehensibly.
  • Learn ways of doing this through better use of grammar and syntax.
  • Know how to use prepositions, adverbs, linking words, pronouns, etc.
  • Identify typical mistakes that can be avoided.
  • Learn how to write the highlights and how they can be used to supply the title.
  • Learn how to use the toolbox provided to you and how it can be applied to other articles.
  • Apply the lessons learned immediately to your own work.
  • Leave the course with at least 20% of your paper completed.

Description of the training course:

This training course focuses on the classical structure of the scientific article, namely the abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion and conclusion. The language used in each of these sections is analysed and functionalised: every word must have a meaning and every sentence must encapsulate an idea, and sequences of sentences must give the reader the information they are seeking progressively and logically. Scientific literature is goal oriented, and its purpose must be fulfilled. You will learn how to link up your facts, arguments, hypotheses, results and explanations, use the right words in the right place and cut out superfluity. These are all essential for writing a pertinent discourse aimed at readers expert in the discipline practiced by the author, i.e. you. The importance of form and how it influences substance will be dealt with, and attention will be given to questions of grammar and syntax. You will learn how to structure paragraphs deductively. Each trainee will apply what they learn from the explanations and exercises given by the instructor to their own work, section by section, until the conclusion of their article, passing via the essential functions they have to master, such as comparisons, contrasts, causes and effects, etc. You will also be able to speculate and present a hypothesis, and overcome the problems of writing clearly in the linear, deductive style that predominates in scientific discourse.

Although this course is primarily designed for the “hard” sciences, the needs of the human sciences are taken into account and attention will be given to complex argumentations, hypotheses and explanations, and how to present them succinctly without losing subtlety.

Additional information:

The trainees must have a good level of English to follow this training course. they must come with a project to write an article they intend to publish in a specialised journal and bring a laptop computer on which they will write it. Having results to write about is particularly useful. Each candidate must send a letter of motivation written in english describing their objectives, their discipline and their writing project.

Teaching manager :


Volume horaire :

 21 hours

Dates et horaires :

23, 24 & 25 April 2018
From 10 a.m to 6 p.m

Capacité d'accueil:


Lieu :

Salle 102
Université de Lyon
92 rue Pasteur
69007 Lyon

Public transport
T2 Centre Berthelot ( IEP)
T1 Quai Claude Bernard
Métro B Jean Macé

Documents to be provided:

Candidates must provide on Siged a letter of motivation written in English describing their objectives, discipline and writing project.
The trainer will examine all apllications and select 12 among them.

Spécificité :

Each participant will come with a paper project , and be equipped with a laptop computer and a USB key.