Scientific Writing Best Practices for Researchers

Learn international writing conventions and techniques and make your manuscript submission-ready for top scientific journals with writing tips, advice, and guidelines from one of the industry’s leading publishers.

What will you learn?

  1. Writing a good scientific story that journal editors want to publish
  2. How to locate and follow your target journal’s guidelines
  3. How to structure and format your paper based on writing best practices
  4. Using the IMRaD structure to write and present your paper sequentially
  5. Things to keep in mind while developing a writing strategy
  6. How you can tackle a writer’s block and write iteratively
  7. The best way to check spelling errors while writing and reviewing your paper
  8. How to write formally and the importance of consistent vocabulary
  9. How to write a crisp paper without missing any important information
  10. How to improve your paper’s readability and comprehensibility
  11. The correct use of tenses, punctuation, and connectors
  12. Understanding syntax and semantics to avoid ambiguity in your paper
  13. How to optimize your paper for major search engines
  14. Identifying most commonly used words in scientifically indexed literature
  15. How to translate your paper from your native language to English
  16. Understanding the importance of feedback for publication success


Description:

Academic writing is precise and targeted to a specific readership, which sets it apart from other common forms of writing. When you’re drafting an academic manuscript, adopting standard conventions of scientific writing while also ensuring that your research has an engaging story, will not only improve the chances of your manuscript passing through desk screening but will impress journal editors too.

In this course, you’ll learn all about the international standards and conventions of scientific writing and develop techniques to help you with the writing process. Learn how to structure an article using the IMRaD format, use images for impact, and explain how your research has contributed to your field of study in a way that makes it stand out from the crowd. You’ll also learn how search engines work, how you can optimize your manuscript for them, and make your research rank higher on Google. At the end of the course, you’ll know how to write an engaging, informative, and linguistically superior scientific paper. You’ll also learn how to enhance your word choices, adapt a better tone, format your manuscript perfectly, and more! Each module will be explained via an interactive video followed by a short quiz to help you apply what you’ve learnt and strengthen your understanding.

About the course author

Andrew Moore

Andrew Moore has a degree in Biochemistry and doctorate/post-doctorate research experience in Structural Studies and Molecular Biology. Andrew has been the Editor-in-Chief of the journal BioEssays and the Wiley Researcher Academy as well as a Program Manager and Editor at the European Molecular Biology Organization. Currently, he is a freelance writer and a writing coach.


Your Instructor


Wiley Researcher Academy
Wiley Researcher Academy

Are you an early career researcher seeking to improve your research writing skills? Are you an established researcher who wants to better understand the scholarly publishing landscape? Wiley Researcher Academy has the tools you need to navigate the publishing process and increase your chances of achieving a successful publishing outcome.

Written and presented by a global network of journal editors and industry experts from Wiley's prestigious scientific publishing portfolio, Wiley Researcher Academy provides an authoritative source of training and enablement to help researchers at any level achieve their full potential.


Course Curriculum


  Module 1: Writing the article that the journal editor wants to publish
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  Module 2: What you can expect to find in the author guidelines
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  Module 3: Manuscript formatting services
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  Module 6: Writing iteratively
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  Module 7: The discussion in the context of the larger paper
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  Module 8: Spelling and style
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  Module 9: Formal language and consistent use of vocabulary
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  Module 15: Google AdWords Keyword Planner
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  Module 17: Getting a colleague’s opinion of your article
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  Module 18: Best practices in writing scientific articles – final exam
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