Scientific Writing

The purpose of scientific writing is not the mere presentation of information and research results, but rather its actual communication. It is not only about converting the right data into sentences and paragraphs; it matters only when other scientists gain value from your efforts and when the scientific discourse triggers a wave of discussions and subsequent experimentation. To achieve this, we will discuss aspects of scientific writing style and structure – keeping reader expectations in mind.

Online Course (recurring)

Your gain from this event: Imagine that you will

  • be able to conduct a strategic literature search 
  • have clarity about how to best structure your manuscript along with your methods, results, and take-home message of your project
  • have a structure laid out for your manuscript clearly transporting the message from your results
  • know exactly how to choose an Open Access and affordable journal to publish your work in for the widest possible readership
  • be able to get yourself out of the writer’s block should you experience difficulty to fill the blanks

To prepare for this workshop:

1) Please write a short summary about your research in not more than 3 sentences; incl. context, methodology/approach, and results/outlook;

2) Please read: Tennant, J.P., Ross-Hellauer, T. The limitations to our understanding of peer review. Res Integr Peer Rev 5, 6 (2020).

Course content


  • Different kinds of Scientific Documents
  • Academic versus popular science writing
  • Understanding how readers read

Writing style

  • CPR – Concision, Precision, and Revision
  • Singular-plural pairs and active and passive voices
  • Appropriate use of Figures and Tables
  • The concept of cautious language: Hedging
  • What makes a good title?

Writing structure

  • IMRaD structure to present original research
  • Transitions between sentences and paragraphs
  • The Abstract as a stand-alone entity of a full research paper
  • Punctuation, Mechanics, Capitalization and Spelling
  • Citation Systems and References

Course duration: 2 consecutive days (9am – 5pm); Number of participants: 8-12

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