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Writing Scientific Papers in English

University of Southern Denmark

The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute, Odense
Teaching activity id: RP-WSP-U2.
Teaching language: English - ECTS / weighting: 5 ECTS / 0.083 full-time equivalent.
Period: Spring 2019.
Offered in: Odense.

The teacher is Bridget Hallam,, The Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Institute. For urgent emails use instead.

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A mostly-written paper, enough results to write about! This means that the course is not so suitable for new PhD students but better for those who already have done work worth submitting to a conference.

Content - Key areas:

First timetabled day (normally the Monday of weeks 18 (April) and 34 (August):

Lecture on the characteristics of a good paper and how to write one, including how to find relevant papers to cite.
Students rework their paper based on the information given in lecture 1 and prepare 10-min presentations explaining the background to their work. Papers are submitted via a formal conference management system.

About a week later:
Presentation Day - students give their presentations.
Lecture on publishing papers and on the reviewing process, including how to choose where to publish and how to respond to reviews.
Students are assigned two papers to review. They submit their reviews via the conferencing system.

About week 19 or 36:
Students edit their papers according to the reviews and send the revised paper to a) the conferencing system and b) a suitable reviewer that they have found.

About week 24 or 40:
Students edit their paper according to the professional review they receive.

Students hand in the professional review, their revised paper and a covering letter.

NOTE: Bridget considers that the real educational value of this course lies in giving you full individual feedback on your papers, which takes time. So although the first students get their feedback quickly, the last ones may be considerably delayed.

Learning outcomes:
To improve the chance of your papers getting accepted; and to take people through the paper review process. Students also get experience using a standard conferencing system.

Wider goal: to improve the quality of scientific paper-writing in English.

Course overheads, web pages.

Time of classes:
Approximate dates: Spring, Week 17-24 (week 18 = end April) and Autumn, Week 34-40 (week 35 = end August)

For the Spring 2019 the dates are: April 24 at 13:30-15:30 and May 2 at 8:00-16:00. The teaching takes place at the seminar room, Maersk-building, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M.

Very little of this course is timetabled. However, it does normally need at least two full weeks' work, after your paper is partly written (as required by the course prerequisites). The deadlines have been spread out to allow space for your other commitments.

Form of instruction: Verbal and email.
Course type: Lectures, presentations, email correspondence.

Individual examination, pass/fail, approval by the teacher.

Assessment for this course involves satisfactory (pass/fail) production of several elements (to time!)

a) a paper written by the student about his/her own work;
b) a presentation of this paper;
c) two reviews of fellow-students' papers;
d) an improved version of their own paper;
e) a final version edited according to a professional reviewers' comments;
f) a covering letter.

This course accepts a maximum of 18 students, and may be cancelled  if too few participants enroll.

Normally this course is best passed during the 3rd/4th semester of the PhD period.

* PhDs enrolled at the Faculty of Engineering at SDU: Free
* Other PhDs: DKK 1.000,- pr. ECTS

Please contact the secretariat by email to be enrolled to the course - remember to write your name, CPR number, email and course name (WSP f19).


Course organizer
Bridget Hallam
The seminar room, Maersk-building
Campusvej 55
5230 Odense M