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300105 SE Writer's workshop for biologists (2021W)

Principles of scientific publication

3.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 30 - Biologie
Continuous assessment of course work
ON-SITE

Registration/Deregistration

Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).

Details

max. 16 participants
Language: German

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

We will be holding this class in person (Präsenzlehre) until and unless the university initiates new virus-related regulations.

Tuesday 12.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1.3, Biologie Djerassiplatz 1, 1.005, Ebene 1
Tuesday 19.10. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1.3, Biologie Djerassiplatz 1, 1.005, Ebene 1
Tuesday 09.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1.3, Biologie Djerassiplatz 1, 1.005, Ebene 1
Tuesday 16.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1.3, Biologie Djerassiplatz 1, 1.005, Ebene 1
Tuesday 23.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1.3, Biologie Djerassiplatz 1, 1.005, Ebene 1
Tuesday 30.11. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1.3, Biologie Djerassiplatz 1, 1.005, Ebene 1
Tuesday 07.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1.3, Biologie Djerassiplatz 1, 1.005, Ebene 1
Tuesday 14.12. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1.3, Biologie Djerassiplatz 1, 1.005, Ebene 1
Tuesday 11.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1.3, Biologie Djerassiplatz 1, 1.005, Ebene 1
Tuesday 18.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1.3, Biologie Djerassiplatz 1, 1.005, Ebene 1
Tuesday 25.01. 15:00 - 16:30 Seminarraum 1.3, Biologie Djerassiplatz 1, 1.005, Ebene 1

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

This course treats the various sections of a publication in a scientific journal, the entire submission, review and publication process, provides tips on how to optimize oral presentations, and emphasizes a hands-on approach by working through and improving manuscripts submitted by the students. Awarded prize for innovative teaching by the University of Vienna.

Aims: Insight into all formal aspects of writing and submitting a paper to a scientific journal. The use of concise language, avoidance of verbose phrases and appreciation for well-thought-out tables and figures. Examination of submitted or provided short texts for their content and language. Detailed look at evaluation criteria for scientific publications (impact factors). Emphasis on a positive attitude to constructive criticism.

Method: This course takes place in the form of a lecture series with ample room for questions and discussions. We provide an opportunity to write a short text (which is subsequently commented upon) and encourage students to submit their own texts, manuscripts or parts thereof for comment and revision by the lecturers and students. We also practise an online submission of a fictitious manuscript.

Assessment and permitted materials

Students are evaluated based on their oral participation in the class and on their written contributions (e.g. critiques of submitted texts, short ("journalistic") summary of a selected scientific paper). The students have an opportunity to take an oral exam at the end of the semester to improve their grade.

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Minimum requirements: participation in the seminar, submission of at least two of the requested written contributions.
Students are evaluated based on their oral participation in the class and on their written contributions (e.g. critiques of submitted texts, short ("journalistic") summary of a selected scientific paper).
The students have an opportunity to take an oral exam at the end of the semester to improve their grade.

Examination topics

Reading list

Cargill, M., O’Connor, P. 2009. Writing Scientific Research Articles. Strategy and Steps. Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester. 173 S.

Day, R.A. 1993. How to Write & Publish a Scientific Paper. 3rd Edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. 211 S.

Judd, K. 1982. Copyediting. A practical Guide. William Kaufmann, Inc. Los Altos, CA. 287 S

Karmasin, M., Ribing, R. 1999, Die Gestaltung wissenschaftlicher Arbeiten. Ein Leitfaden für Haus-, Seminar- und Diplomarbeiten sowie Dissertationen. 3. Auflage. Facultas Verlags- und Buchhandels AG, Wien. 102 S.

McMillan, V.E. 1988. Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences. A Bedford Book, St. Martin’s Press, New York. 142 S.

Pechenik, J. Lamb, B. 1994. How to Write about Biology. HarperCollins Publishers, London. 262 S.

Skern, T. 2009. Writing Scientific English. A Workbook, Facultas wuv. Wien. 191 S.

Weissberg, R. Buker, S. 1990. Writing up Research. Experimental Research Report Writing for Students of English. Prentice Hall Regents, Englewood Cliffs, NJ. 202 S.

Council of Biology Editors 1994. Scientific Style and Format. 6th Edition. Cambridge, New York. 825 S. (neue Auflage vorhanden)

Association in the course directory

WZB, MEC-9

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