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Advanced scientific writing: How to write for high impact journals (2019)

Name of course:
Advanced scientific writing: How to write for high impact journals

ECTS credits:

Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: A PhD course
Time of year: Spring 2019 (week 7-20)
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like: 70
Capacity limits: 12 participants (with more participants the overload on lecturers guiding technical exercises would be too high)

Objectives of the course:
To advance the students skills in experimental results analysis and their scientific presentation, both at the level of material selection and scientific writing. To improve them to the level of advanced scientific writing of papers that get published and cited in high impact factor journals.

Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Understand the logic and structure of scientific papers for successful communication of research
  • Structure scientific papers for successful communication of research
  • Select the experimental results and represent them in the form of a coherent and interesting scientific story
  • Acquire technical skills for logical and captivating writing and reader-attractive graphical representation of results
  • Correlate the performed research with the established scientific community relevant ethical rules concerning research conductance and dissemination

Compulsory programme:
Attendance at the lectures and active participation in practical exercises; submission of all assignments by the end of the course program.

Course contents:

  • Responsible conductance of research: ethics of experimental work, scientific performance and writing
  • Scientific writing: data selection and storytelling
  • Writing skills for structuring stories in a captivating and energizing format
  • Writing global (fundamental) science
  • Writing for funding
  • Writing for the public
  • Data representation and visualization


Name of lecturer:
Elena Ferapontova, Associate Editor of Elsevier’s Electrochimica Acta (impact factor 5.2, https://www.journals.elsevier.com/electrochimica-acta)

Type of course/teaching methods:
Lectures and practical exercises

To be provided during the course (it is a one-and-a-half week course, so students are not expected to read anything beforehand, but to attend full-day lectures and technical exercises to advance their presentation and writing skills).

Course homepage:
Description and registration: https://events.au.dk/AdvancedScientificWriting2019

Course homepage: https://blackboard.au.dk/webapps/blackboard/execute/modulepage/view?course_id=_113258_1&cmp_tab_id=_215433_1&editMode=true&mode=cpview

Course assessment:
The students will be evaluated based on a completed assignment on advanced writing of a paper.

iNANO, Aarhus University

Special comments on this course:
The course is an advanced course in scientific writing, which provides participants with knowledge and skills required for a higher level of scientific presentation and dissemination of results. It is taught by an experienced scientist and professional editor of the Elsevier publishing house, possessing expertise in ethics and critical evaluation of scientific research presentations, and by several guests.

February to May 2019 – both lectures and home assignments; 8 half-day classes

iNANO House, Aarhus University, Gustav Wieds Vej 14, 8000 Aarhus C

Deadline for registration is 10 February 2019. Information regarding admission will be sent out not later than two days after.

For registration: https://events.au.dk/AdvancedScientificWriting2019/sign-up.html

If you have any questions, please contact Elena Ferapontova, e-mail: elena.ferapontova@inano.au.dk

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