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A21 - Writing a scientific paper step by step - 20H

Total number of hours 20h

Directors

Martha Boeglin, PhD, trainer

Prerequisites

This training session is for "Hard Sciences" students who have a concrete project for publication.

Candidates must download, while applying, a letter in which they explain why they wish to attend the course (1 page).

Goals

  • Learning and training an appropriate strategy for writing a scientific paper in english;
  • Developing autonomy and empowering critical thinking;
  • Training coherence and logic in argumentative writing;
  • Finding individual solutions for specific problems.

Content

Writing a scientific paper in a foreign language is tough work. When the time comes to write it, many students feel left to their own devices. However, writing a scientific paper involves not only literary abilities. It is above all a matter of organization.

This writing workshop is designed to help you step-by-step through the process of creating a research paper. Specific exercises will support the process of organizing your work and getting your thoughts down on paper; revision techniques will help you to improve the quality of your writing. Peer review - a crucial part of the writing process - will help to strength the writing of both reviewers and writers.

This writing workshop is project-based: you will work on your own publication project using your existing data. Prior to attending, you will need to identify your target journal and bring along the guidelines for authors. This workshop is specially designed for non-native speakers.

This writing workshop is specially designed for non-native speakers. It will be run in English. A good level of understanding and speaking is required.
The workshop is project-based: participants need a concrete paper project to work on.

PROGRAM
1. OVERCOMING WRITER’S BLOCK
  • The dangerous method: trying to write it right the first time;
  • Internal language, external language;
  • Understanding writing blocks.
2. PREPARING A WRITING PROJECT
  • Developing a concept;
  • Getting started : asking the right questions;
  • Structuring ideas.
3. PUTTING WORDS DOWN ON PAPER
  • Dividing a research paper into manageable parts;
  • Collecting ideas- techniques;
  • Strategies for quickly writing the first draft.
4. EXPANDING THE OUTLINE
  • Coherence and logic in argumentative writing;
  • Conciseness: methods of eliminating wordiness;
  • Strategies for improving sentence clarity;
  • Constructing effective paragraphs.
5. CATCHING YOUR READER'S ATTENTION
  • The title - accurate, informative, attractive;
  • Choosing appropriate key words;
  • The first impression: the abstract.
6. AVOIDING PLAGIARISM
  • What is plagiarism?
  • Paraphrasing;
  • Reading a text with a critical eye.

Calendar

April 3, 4, 5 & 8, 2019 | 9 AM - 3 PM
Opening date for registrations: February 3, 2019