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Swedish title Skriv och publicera dina forskningsresultat
English title Write your research results and get them published
Course number 2618
Credits 3.0
Notes The course meets the requirements for a general science course.

Responsible KI department Institutionen för kvinnors och barns hälsa
Specific entry requirements None.
Grading Passed /Not passed
Established by The Board of Doctoral Education
Established 2017-03-07
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.
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