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Title Advanced Scientific Writing
Course number 5227
Programme 0-Inte del av forskarutbildningsprogram
Language English
Credits 1.5
Notes The course meets the requirements for a general science course.

Date 2020-11-23 -- 2020-11-27
Responsible KI department Institutionen för kvinnors och barns hälsa
Specific entry requirements Knowledge corresponding to basic doctoral courses in scientific writing at KI and some experience of scientific writing.
Purpose of the course This is an advanced course in scientific writing, specifically designed for post docs and PhD students in the later part of their education. The aim is to improve the participants´ ability to write, revise and review original scientific articles.
Intended learning outcomes After passing the course, the participant will:

- have a better understanding of how to write an original scientific article, including use of the proper structure and language
- be aware of and, thereby, able to avoid the common mistakes involved in writing scientific articles
- have the ability to offer constructive criticism regarding these matters to other scientists (e.g., co-workers, as peer reviewers for journals)
- be able to assess constructive criticism of their manuscripts from other scientists and revise accordingly
Contents of the course This is an advanced course in scientific writing that requires prior knowledge and experience in writing research articles. The participant will be writing and revising manuscripts based on their own research (written, at least in part, before the course begins) as well as peer reviewing the manuscripts of other course participants.
The teachers will focus on giving feedback in great detail on the scientific articles of the students and also guiding the revision of the manuscripts after the review sessions.
Teaching and learning activities Lectures, individual writing and revising of manuscript, individual and group peer reviewing of the manuscripts of other course participants, group discussions including feedback from the teachers.


Compulsory elements All scheduled teaching, unless stated otherwise or the participant informs the teachers in advance of an acceptable reason for not being present. Absence can be compensated for by individual work specified by the teachers or in connection with the next time the course is taught.
Examination Writing and rewriting a manuscript based on the comments and feedback from the other course participants and teachers, thoughtful peer reviewing of the manuscripts of other course participants, active participation in group exercises.
Literature and other teaching material Recommended literature:

Scientific Writing and Communication - papers, proposals, and presentations. Angelika H. Hofmann. Oxford University Press. Third Edition, 2017, handouts and articles provided during the course.
Number of students 8 - 12
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) start date of doctoral studies (priority given to earlier start date)
More information This is an advanced course on scientific writing for PostDocs and PhD students in the later part of their education. Focus will be on writing and revising a manuscript based on your own research results with a lot of individual coaching.
Additional course leader Teachers are Anna Hildenbrand Wachtmeister (PhD from Karolinska Institutet, lecturer and teacher) and Joseph DePierre (well renowned teacher and lecturer for university students and professionals, with more than 40 years of experience of peer reviewing for different journals, scientific writing and teaching).
Latest course evaluation Not available
Course responsible Anna Hildenbrand Wachtmeister
Institutionen för kvinnors och barns hälsa
070-789 06 07
Anna.Hildenbrand.Wachtmeister@ki.se
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