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Writing Workshops

Have something to say, and say it as clearly as you can. That is the only secret.

  - Matthew Arnold

Writing workshops are held two or three times a year and are designed to help researchers to express their results clearly in a scientific manuscript. These are informal sessions and each workshop contains up to 10 people. The workshops are interactive and will provide specific feedback on your writing.

Learning how to write scientific manuscripts is a vital skill for all researchers. Publishing your research work is critical to your career progression, as well as to the lab where you do your research. Grant funding is dependent on publication of results in peer reviewed journals. Your work can only be noticed and recognized by your colleagues when it has been published. Your next job may also depend on how many publications you have written and had published, and where your work is accepted.

Our writing workshops will help you to understand how journals select manuscripts for publication, and will guide you through the peer review process. The workshop will also provide you with information on how to get started with writing your manuscripts, the format in which your manuscript should be written and where to find help with your writing if you need it.

If you can't explain something simply, you don't understand it well. Most of the fundamental ideas of science are essentially simple, and may, as a rule, be expressed in a language comprehensible to everyone.
Everything should be as simple as it can be, yet no simpler
           - Albert Einstein

Workshops are run by Dr. Melanie Scott - scottm@upmc.edu

Please email if you want more information about the workshops, if you have specific questions or if you want to put your name down for a workshop.