Scientific-writing-course-2015

Free Intensive Course: Scientific Methodology and Writing for Publication

In order to be successful, scientists must be able to communicate their findings to their colleagues, scientists in other areas of research, and to people without science training. The ability to prepare and publish good quality manuscripts relatively quickly is a major asset to a scientific career. Of all the potential problems that can cause a scientific manuscript to be rejected for publication, the most common relate to poor experimental design or inappropriate analysis and use of the experimental data. These issues, as well as legal and ethical issues related to research procedures, and the reporting, preparation, and submission of original manuscripts for publication will be addressed. Because racticing scientists will often be asked to objectively review other scientist’s manuscripts for publication, practical and ethical issues relating to serving as a reviewer of other researchers’ manuscripts for publication will also be addressed.These lectures will be based on 50 years of research and publishing experience of Prof. Errol Zeigerand are designed to familiarize students and more established scientists with the concepts and approaches to designing and interpreting scientific experiments, and the writing, organizing, submitting, and reviewing of scientific manuscripts. The information that will be presented in this course, and the exercises, will help the participants improve the design, analysis, and presentation of their research, which will then help the quality and acceptance rate of their publications. The course will consist of lectures and short, practical writing and reviewing exercises.

 

Prof. Errol Zeiger
(see Curriculum here Zeiger-cv-June-2015)

 

The course will be in English (with no simultaneous
translation) and will occur at the School
of Technology
(Room PA07) located in the Campus
I/UNICAMP Limeira
during Oct
26th-30th and Nov 2nd-6th
. This will be a
30h-course with 2h-lectures per day and short, practical writing and
reviewing exercises plus 1h of self-study per day.


Schedule
Day/time
Topic(s)
Oct 26th
12:30-2:30pm
Monday

Introduction to the course
– who am I?
– why the information in this course is important
– the scientific career
– public perception of scientists and scientific research
– the scientific method
– hypothesis testing vs. data mining
– the roles and responsibilities of the scientist
Oct
27th
12:30-2:30pm
Tuesday
Experimental
design and interpretation
– requirements for a good experiment
– research collaborations
– experiment design
– controls
– replication of results
– decision criteria
Oct
28th
8:00-12:00am
Wednesday
Holliday but we will have
class
Experimental
design and interpretation (continued)
– data interpretation issues
– the role and use of statistics
– reporting results
Laboratory recordkeeping
– laboratory notebooks
– good laboratory practices (GLPs)
– potential legal issues
Oct
29th
12:30-2:30pm
Thursday
Ethical
issues
– objective testing of the hypothesis
– animal research issues
– human research issues
– data evaluation criteria
– the use (and misuse) of statistics
Research misconduct
– data falsification
– selective recording of data
Oct
30th
12:30-2:30pm
Friday
Case studies
Student discussions
– experiment design and research issues
– scientific misconduct issues
-other issues
Nov 2nd
Holliday – no class
Nov 3rd
12:30-2:30pm
Tuesday
The
scientific publication process
– why publish?
– types of scientific publications and their implications
– role of the Editor
– responsibilities of the authors
– early view of accepted/in press manuscripts
– the current state of publishing
electronic publishing
open access
Preparing a publication
– purpose of the publication
– form of the publication
– the parts of the manuscript and  their purposes
– authorship issues
– selection of data to include
– ethical issues
scientific misconduct
plagiarism
double publication
conflicts of interest
Nov 4th
12:30-2:30pm
Wednesday
Preparing a
publication (continued)
– submitting the manuscript
– the on-line submission process
– corresponding authorship
– post-acceptance requirement
Peer review
– Receiving the peer review
the author’s options
responding to the reviewers
what to do and what not to do
– Serving as a peer reviewer
the purpose of the review
qualifications
confidentiality
form of the review
correspondence with the Editor
Nov 5th
12:30-2:30pm
Thursday
Student
exercises
Questions and discussions
Nov 6th
9:00-11:00 am
Friday
Questions
and discussions (continued)
Summary of the course
Available resources
– literature search sites
– test guideline sites
– animal use guidelines
– human research guidelines
– research misconduct
– good laboratory practices
– other

 


Financial Support:
International Relations Office –
UNICAMP

Intensive Course 2015 Program


For more information:
Prof. Vitor R. Coluci (Organizer)
vitor@ft.unicamp.br
(19) 2113 3416

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