06.09. & 09.09.2021, 9:00-17:00
PhD students and postdocs at TU Kaiserslautern
Communicating your research effectively is more important than ever in today’s academic world. Young researchers are expected to write up their work not only in their thesis but in conference abstracts and high impact journal articles. This two-day course will help young researchers gain and improve their skills in writing for scientific purposes. The two first units will focus on developing and adhering a clear story line and on writing with the expectations of the reader in mind. The four remaining units will be chosen on the basis of a survey among the participants (see below for more information).
1. Developing a Story Line
Learn how to write about research findings in the style favored by English-language journals, how to create a story line that focuses the reader’s attention on the major points of the article, and how to implement the story line in each section of the article.
2. Logical Flow and Reader Expectations
Learn strategies to make the article flow logically in sections, paragraphs and sentences; learn how to anticipate and meet the reader’s expectations for the structure of your article.
Units to be determined based on the interest of the participants (4 out of 11):
3. Concise and Precise Writing
Learn how to follow the English journal writing style at the sentence level by wording sentences concisely, and by formulating ideas precisely.
4. Grammar and Punctuation
Learn how to use key aspects of grammar (active/passive, tense, articles) and punctuation (comma, colon, semi-colon, dash, hyphen) correctly to convey points clearly.
5. Methods Section
Learn how to structure the methods section, what to include in each of the sub-sections (participants, materials, etc.), and how to convey the information clearly.
6. Results Section
Learn how to determine what to include in the results section, how to structure the results section, and how to convey the information clearly.
7. Writing Abstracts and Titles
Learn how to write an abstract for different scientific purposes (e.g., conference application, journal article), how to structure your main research findings in one or more well-developed paragraphs, how to fit your text with the given length restrictions, and how to make an abstract appealing and persuasive to both readers and reviewers.
8. Planning using Brainstorming, Concept Maps, and Outlines
Learn how to collect and organize ideas for your article by brainstorming, creating a concept map or issue tree, and writing a structured outline.
9. Effective Writing Habits
Learn how to get started in writing a journal article, how to establish and keep a writing schedule, how to overcome blocks to writing, when to ask others for comments, and when to stop writing.
10. Understanding the Publishing Process
Learn how to select a scientific journal that matches your publishing goals, how to prepare your article for submission, how the peer-review process works, how to understand and respond to reviews, and how to deal with rejection and resubmission.
11. Writing for Non-Academic Audiences
Learn how to convey your research findings in a clear and engaging way to lay audiences (practitioners, policy makers, general public).
Learn what plagiarism is, how and why to avoid it, and strategies to avoid it including quotations, summarizing, and paraphrasing.
13. Peer Critique of Own Writing/Presentations
Practice constructively critiquing drafts of your own and others’ papers, posters, or oral presentations by applying the principles and tips learned in this writing course.
Prof. Dr. Shanley Allen, Psycholinguistics and Language Development Group, Department of Social Sciences at the TUK
- The workshop will take place online via Zoom (no software installation required; invitation follows via a link)
- Participants need a PC/ notebook with camera and microphone.
Binding registration please until Agust 15th, 2021 via this online registration form.
You will be informed about your admission to the course only after the registration deadline has passed!
The workshop is open to all young scientists of TU Kaiserslautern . Participation is free of charge. Please note our information on the conditions of participation and on registration.
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Karolin Gieseler karolin.gieseler(at)verw.uni-kl.de