This self-paced course teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics include: principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, and issues in publication and peer review. We will review principles of effective writing, examples of good and bad writing, and tips for making the writing process easier. We will also examine issues specific to scientific writing, including: authorship, peer review, the format of an original manuscript, and communicating science for lay audiences. Participants will watch video lectures, complete quizzes and editing exercises, write two short papers, and edit each other’s work. Participants from non-science disciplines can benefit from the training provided in the course.
Prerequisites: Fluency in English.