Writing in the Sciences

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Scientific Writing is a concise but comprehensive course on how to write research papers in English. The course will give you a better understanding of academic writing and the common challenges you may face as a writer. The purpose of the course is to fill the gap – the one between knowing English through academic schooling and reading, and using that knowledge in a way that will help you get your paper published in an international journal.

The course will provide you with a set of pragmatic strategies and tools you should apply when thinking about, outlining, writing, rewriting, and revising your paper. In addition, you will learn the unwritten rules of English rhetoric.

The course lasts 40 academic hours and comprises 10 major topics:

  1. Contrastive Rhetoric
  2. Writing Strategies
  3. Preparing the Text (IMRAD format)
    • how to write the Introduction
    • how to write the Materials & Methods section
    • how to write the Results
    • how to write the Discussion
  4. Writing an Abstract and a working title
  5. Avoiding plagiarism
  6. Editing your own paper
    • the ten commandments of good writing
    • tense in scientific writing
    • active versus passive voice
    • noun problems
  7. Journal analysis: analyzing journals for elimination and submission
  8. Creating a publishable paper
  9. Publishing the paper
  10. Ethics in Science