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A22 - Writing and publishing scientific articles in Biology, Chemistry, Physics - 21H

Total number of hours 21h


David Karlin, PhD, Trainer


Candidates must provide their application on Siged with the above application form in which they explain precisely why they need this course.
The selected candidates will have to send to the trainer an outline of their paper a month before the course.
10 candidates will be selected out of 20 applications.


Candidates will be selected on 3 criteria:
  • Need (students must be in the process of writing an article or just about to start);
  • Level of English (students must have at least B2 level in English of the CECR (, particularly in writing;
  • Stage of PhD (priority is given to PhD students in their 2nd year or above).

The course is entirely in English. It is meant only for PhD students publishing in natural sciences journals (Chemistry, Life Sciences, Physics).


  • Why an article is rejected;
  • The publication strategy;
  • The different sections of a scientific paper;
  • A systematic method for writing a scientific paper;
  • Writing science in plain English - theory and exercises;
  • Designing clear figures;
  • Putting it into practice - editing draft articles written by the trainees;
  • The submission and revision process;
  • Dealing with rejection and bouncing back.
Ahead of the course, trainees prepare a brief outline of their paper and send it to the trainer for an initial correction. After learning the principles of efficient writing, they do numerous practical exercises, such as identifying and editing common mistakes in papers. Following the initial period of instruction, they work to improve their paper, individually and in groups, with the help of the trainer.


2020 September 23, 24, 25, 9:00 am- 12:30 pm, followed by one 2 hour-session for each candidate (date and hour to be agreed with the trainer)

Applications opening dates : July 1st