Writing for Scientists

Created: November 18th, 2014 (13:08)
Writing for Scientists




Writing is fundamental in scientific work. Whether you are writing a lab report, a grant or a manuscript, your scientific success depends higly on how effectively you are able to communicate your ideas through your written work. Unfortunately, the vast majority of scientists do not receive the necessary training for developing their writing skills.  For some reason, they think this is something you are expected to somehow manage to learn yourself in the grad school. Too bad, because actually, you can easily improve your writing skills with the help of the few simple rules of style. Wonder what they are? Dr. Kristin Sainani from Stanford University will teach you! Most students agree that the best way to learn is through interactive examples, and, of course, a lot of practice. Don't you wish to write faster, and with less struggle and less anxiety? That's probably the wish many people have, including those coming from a non-science discipline. With some quick hints and a piece of valuable advice from Dr. Sainani, everybody can benefit from a little bit of training. You don't need much time and effort to learn the tricks of publication process, or how to format an original manuscript in the right way. Everyone is able to manage that!

Let's be honest with each other, all those papers in the scientific world are so boring to read. Even the best journals are often too difficult for most of us to understand. Why not use a chance to become better and more confident writer? You'd be surprised, but you are actually able to change the scientific world by making its literature more sufficient, accessible, engaging, and what's most important, enjoyable to read. Here is how you can learn to do this in just two months.

There is a course that teaches writing to scientists. This course is equally valuable for both undergraduate students in scientific disciplines and graduate science majors. Professional scientists can also benefit from it greatly, while students from non-science programs can familiarize with general principles of effective writing.

English is the official language of instruction, though subtitles for video lectures are also available in Portuguese. The good thing is that there are no prerequisites to this course, the only thing required is that all candidates are fluent in English. Everybody is welcome to apply! After successfully completing this course, students receive a special certificate that is signed by their instructor. Do not hesitate and register for the course now!

Those of you who enjoy much reading and learning on their own can choose between: On Writing Well by William Zinsser; Sin and Syntax by Constance Hale; The Elements of Style by Strunk and White; and Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers by Mimi Zeiger. Moreover, there is plenty of lecture videos available online. You can also do integrated quiz questions or interactive practice exercises.

See how easy writing is? Do not be afraid to look at it from the new perspective and face the challenge! Good luck in your new beginnings!



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