Course catalogue doctoral education - HT21

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Title Write your research results and get them published
Course number 2618
Programme 0-Inte del av forskarutbildningsprogram
Language English
Credits 3.0
Notes The course meets the requirements for a general science course.

Date 2021-04-26 -- 2021-05-07
Responsible KI department Institutionen för kvinnors och barns hälsa
Specific entry requirements None.
Purpose of the course The purpose of the course is to impart knowledge and practical experience in scientific writing, based on own research, including manuscript, abstract and cover letter writing and scientific poster design.

- Explain the characteristics and disposition of different written presentation media and decide which forum is the most suitable for a specific text
- Understand, and apply, the terminology associated with scientific writing
- Write an abstract
- Use the correct structure and language to compose a scientific paper, following the editorial requirements
- Revise a manuscript according to a checklist with the most common language and structure mistakes in scientific writing
- Use the focus points in a scientific paper (where the readers focus their reading)
- Identify the main scope and focus of the research and summarize information aligned to the target group
- Apply the structure of popular science writing and use popular science as a tool for presentations
- Give a poster presentation
- Design a scientific poster and reflect upon structure, language and style
- Understand the ethics in publication
- Use the software EndNote for reference management
- Search for references in databases (e.g. PubMed) and decide what sources are reliable
- Respond to the reviewer's comments
- Write a cover letter
- Reflect on own development as a writer of different texts during the course
Contents of the course THE MAIN SCOPE OF THE COURSE is how to write about research in different contexts and forums.

1. Terminology associated to scientific writing
2. Designing and writing
a) a poster
b) an abstract
c) a draft for a research paper
d) a cover letter
e) a reply to the reviewer´s comments
f) a cover letter
g) a popular science paper
3. The writing process: structure, language, style
4. Editorial requirements of different journals
5. Summarizing and presenting information aiming at the target audience
6. Identifying the main scope of a research project
7. References and reference management (EndNote software)
8. Data base search
9. Basic rhetoric for poster presentations
10. References
11. Ethics in publication
Teaching and learning activities Lectures, seminares, writing exercises, group assignments and practical exercises. As part of the learning process, the Ph.D students will be members of in-class review groups, giving feed-back to their colleagues.
Compulsory elements Lectures, workshops, evaluation sessions, and group assignments as well as all written assignments. Absence can be compensated:
a) during next course occasion
b) individual assignments
Examination 1) Written assignments reflecting the intended learning outcomes of the course: draft for scientific paper, popular science paper, poster, cover letter, and abstract. All assignments can be based on own research (if applicable).
2) Evaluation sessions, where the PhD students give each other feed back on the written assignments as a part of the learning process
3) Poster presentation, where the PhD students present their posters to a small group of course participants (there are no presentations in front of a larger group)
Literature and other teaching material Recommended: Angelika H. Hofmann: Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations, second edition. Oxford University Press, 2013.

Optional (for Swedish speaking doctoral students): Gert Helgesson & Stefan Eriksson: Publiceringsetik. Studentlitteratur, 2013.

Mandatory: Handouts from the lectures and worksheets.
Number of students 18 - 22
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 later start date)
More information This course is given in different formats: in-class or online daytime and in-class or online evenings (please see the respective course occasions for details). All lectures (including the online-format) will be in real-time and according to schedule, but there will be recorded lectures available to make up for absence.
This course occasion will take place daytime in-class and online (please state your choice in the application). The course focuses on scientific writing (manuscript, abstract and poster) and you may use your own research for the assignments (but there is no requirement to bring data of your own in order to benefit from the course) to maximize the learning experience and also to make actual progress in your studies. The course includes manuscript writing, poster design and presentation, cover letter writing, abstract writing and popular science writing. The popular science part is covering the skills you need in order to successfully write a popular science summary for e.g. a project plan or to apply for grants and is also helpful for oral presentations. No prior knowledge or experience in scientific writing is required to attend the course, and you will benefit equally from the course if you have published your research before. The course will be given in a venue in central Stockholm and online on Zoom.
Please address ALL questions to: or phone: 0707890607
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Course responsible Anna Hildenbrand Wachtmeister
Institutionen för kvinnors och barns hälsa
070-789 06 07
Contact person Anna Hildenbrand Wachtmeister
Institutionen för kvinnors och barns hälsa
070-789 06 07

Lalit Kumar
Institutionen för kvinnors och barns hälsa