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How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper (Project-Centered Course)

How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper (Project-Centered Course)

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How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper (Project-Centered Course)

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About this Course

What you will achieve: In this project-based course, you will outline a complete scientific paper, choose an appropriate journal to which you'll submit the finished paper for publication, and prepare a checklist that will allow you to independently judge whether your paper is ready to submit.


What you'll need to get started: This course is designed for students who have previous experience with academic research - you should be eager to adapt our writing and publishing advice to an existing personal project. If you just finished your graduate dissertation, just began your PhD, or are at a different stage of your academic journey or career and just want to publish your work, this course is for you. *About Project-Centered Courses: Project-Centered Courses are designed to help you complete a personally meaningful real-world project, with your instructor and a community of learners with similar goals providing guidance and suggestions along the way. By actively applying new concepts as you learn, you’ll master the course content more efficiently; you’ll also get a head start on using the skills you gain to make positive changes in your life and career. When you complete the course, you’ll have a finished project that you’ll be proud to use and share.


Week 1

Understanding academia

  1. 1.0 Why creating such a MOOC? Who is it for?
  2. 1.1 Why is publishing important?
  3. 1.2 "KYC": Know Your Community
  4. 1.3 How journals work: the review process
  5. 1.4 Presentation of scientific journals
  6. 1.5 Ethical Guidelines
Week 2

Before writing: delimiting your scientific paper

  1. 2.1 Paper definition "KYP', Know Your Paper
  2. 2.2 How to: the literature review 1/2: find a good literature review
  3. 2.3 How to: the literature review 2/2: construction of your own literature review
  4. 2.4 How to: the research design
  5. 2.5 How to: the gap
  6. 2. Additional class: Zotero
  1. Quiz: Literature Review
  2. Quiz: Main ideas
  3. Quiz: The Gap?
Week 3

Writing the paper: things you need to know

  1. 3.1 The structure of an academic paper
  2. 3.2 On writing an academic paper, preliminary advice
  3. 3.3 How to: the bibliography
  4. 3.4 How to : the abstract
  5. 3. Additional content
  1. Quiz: The bibliography
  2. Assignment: Peer reviewing of an abstract
Week 4

After the writing: the check list

  1. 4.1 How to avoid being boring?
  2. 4.2 The main mistakes to look for: format
  3. 4. Two sides of a same coin
  4. 4.3 Constructing your checklist

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