Learning while you write

  • Focused on your own work

    Throughout the programme, you will apply your learning directly in your own work. The Writing for Publication programme provides the ideal support to develop your own research article from start to finish.

  • Guiding you through the process

    Each week a new module will be available to help you focus your work. Step by step, you will gain confidence in the story you want to tell and how you are trying to tell it.

  • Individual and group options

    You can participate as part of a larger group with regular live sessions or individually in an elite program with individual feedback and guidance from Dr Iain Patten as you prepare your manuscript.

What others have said

  • Instructive, clear and self-paced course

    Ana Ramos

    This course is one of the most organized, methodological, clear, outstanding courses that I have ever taken. I do not only like the way Iain explains things,...

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    This course is one of the most organized, methodological, clear, outstanding courses that I have ever taken. I do not only like the way Iain explains things, but also how he encourages us to do the work and to overcome the fear of writing and of being criticized by our peers. If you are considering joining this program, you should remember to spend the time you need on each module and go back to earlier modules whenever necessary. If you do not have all the data you need for your paper yet, the course can be very helpful in thinking about what is still required to make a complete story. Then, when you are ready, you can return to the later modules as you complete the work.

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  • The art and science of writing for publication explained

    Roland Schwarzenbacher

    Writing a scientific article is a skill that can be learned. For some people, it may seem like you either are a 'natural writer', and producing high-quality ...

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    Writing a scientific article is a skill that can be learned. For some people, it may seem like you either are a 'natural writer', and producing high-quality articles is just something that you are gifted with, or you are not, in which case you will never be able to learn how to 'write well'. Others might think that developing a good writing style is something that will just happen automatically, as you progress on the academic ladder. However, in this course, Iain Patten shows that writing for publication is a skill that can be learned. The course is a great way to jump-start that learning process. The weekly format (1 chapter per week) keeps up the motivation, without ever leaving you feeling overwhelmed. Ideally, the course should be started at the beginning of a research programme, rather than when you come to the 'writing up' period, because integrating writing into the research improves your science, as is explained in the course.

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  • Developing a structured and confident way of writing

    Elisa Buchberger

    This course was maybe the most useful one I've ever taken, since Iain explains his concepts in a way that I could directly apply them to my own work. He show...

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    This course was maybe the most useful one I've ever taken, since Iain explains his concepts in a way that I could directly apply them to my own work. He shows you how to find a clear logic in your story, encourages you to see it from an outsider’s perspective and therefore how to best communicate your results to the scientific community. With one module each week it's easy to integrate into your schedule and allows you to develop your own piece of writing in parallel. Additional live sessions provide valuable face-to-face feedback. As an early-stage researcher, this course paved the way for me to develop a structured and confident way of writing.

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  • Excellent course

    David Bossanyi

    Not only did Iain's philosophy (which is very clearly presented throughout the course) change the way I think about writing, it also changed the way that I p...

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    Not only did Iain's philosophy (which is very clearly presented throughout the course) change the way I think about writing, it also changed the way that I plan and carry out research projects. Particularly useful for new PhD students.

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  • I wish I could have taken this course ten years ago.

    Jose Guzman

    I am a research associate with more than ten years of experience in science and scientific publication. As a researcher, I like to be updated with the newest...

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    I am a research associate with more than ten years of experience in science and scientific publication. As a researcher, I like to be updated with the newest technologies, while participating in courses for professional development. The course of Iain Patten on scientific publication was a decision to improve my writing skills, and I was more than delighted with the outcome of my participation. After taking the course, my writing has changed from being a mere formal duty to being a process of creation and idea implementation. Moreover, because the speed of my manuscripts and drafting has increased, now I can combine writing with other academic obligations. I would recommend this course to everyone working in academia. I think this course should be part of the curriculum to obtain a Ph.D., and it is also useful for established researchers wanting to sharpen their communications. I wish I could have taken this course ten years ago.

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Curriculum

  • 1
    Introduction to the program
    • Welcome to the program
    • Supporting yourself and others
    • What is writing?
    • Exercise - Just writing!
  • 2
    Module 1 - Who are we writing for? And why?
    • Who is our audience?
    • Independent work - Module 1
  • 3
    Module 2 - Making things clear.... on multiple levels
    • How can we structure our text to tell a convincing story?
    • Clarity on multiple levels
    • Structural appearance within the text
    • Working our way into the story
    • What do we really mean by a plan?
    • Independent work - Module 2
  • 4
    Module 3 - Engaging, convincing, and managing expectations
    • Getting readers on your side from the beginning and avoiding problems later on
    • Introducing it all
    • Handout – structure of introduction sections
    • Engage, convince, manage expectations
    • The planning game
    • Independent work - Module 3
  • 5
    Module 4 - Giving confidence
    • Building content to support your argument
    • Strengthening the foundation by adding content
    • Making use of feedback
    • Independent work - Module 4
  • 6
    Module 5 - Holding readers' attention
    • The red line
    • Holding readers' attention
    • Independent work - Module 5
    • Preparation for Module 6
  • 7
    Module 6 - Discussing it all
    • How do we tie the story together?
    • Discussing it all
    • Independent work - Module 6
  • 8
    Module 7 - Clarity
    • Avoiding misunderstandings and distractions
    • Working our way into sentences
    • Working in a second language
    • Using a corpus to guide language choices
    • Independent work - Module 7
  • 9
    Module 8 - Referring to external sources
    • Citation is a powerful tool, if you know how to use it
    • Dealing with external information
    • Independent work - Module 8
  • 10
    Module 9 - Readability
    • Like water flowing naturally in a stream
    • The editing process
    • Smoothing it all out
    • Independent work - Module 9
  • 11
    Module 10 - Working with figures and abstracts
    • Making figures work for us
    • Painless abstracts
    • Independent work - Module 10
  • 12
    Module 11 - Pitching a story
    • How can we show journals that our work is worth considering?
    • Pitching your story
    • Independent work - Module 11
  • 13
    Module 12 - Responding to reviewers
    • What happens when they come back to us?
    • Responding to reviewers

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