FOR 694 Writing for Scientific Publication

Ruth Yanai,  210 Marshall,  x6955,

Class Meetings:  generally T and Th 8-9:20 and some Fr 11:40-1, in 324 Bray.
Class members should defer to the googledoc (Ruth will provide a link!) for active notes and updates.

Class schedule (Fall 2015)                       



Assignments Due

Sep 4

Why Publish? 

Background presentation (5-10 minutes)

Sep 8

Discuss Getting Started

Getting Started Exercise

Sep 10

Choosing your Journal

Knowing your Journal Exercise

Sep 11

Figures and Tables

n copies of Tables and Figures

Sep 15

Figures and Tables

n copies of Tables and Figures

Sep 17

Outline and Objectives

Two copies of your Outline and Objectives with Abstract (revised)

Sep 22


Draft of Results (two copies)

Sep 24-5

Materials and Methods

Draft of Methods (two copies)

Sep 29

Writing exercise, in class

Bring a difficult section

Oct 1-2


Preparation for peer review

Editing and proofreading

Submit Results and Materials and Methods Sections with Abstract and Objectives (for First Peer Review)

First Reviews.docx 

Oct 6


Bring examples from your field, n copies, number the paragraphs, staple

Oct 9

Statistical Considerations

Bring your questions


Oct 15

Advice, Responses to Reviews

First Peer Review Due

Oct 16


Bring examples from your field, include Conclusions and Summary if any

Oct 20?

Progress on Introductions (shared in class)

2 copies double-spaced

Oct 22?

Progress on Discussions

2 copies double-spaced




Oct 27

Mid-semester feedback

Anonymous feedback

Oct 30

Readings on Peer Review

Submit  Rough Draft and Response to First Reviews

Nov 3



Nov 5-6


Authorship Exercise

Nov 10


Bring examples of RFPs, proposals


Readings on Publication Productivity

Second Peer Review Due

Nov 19

Reviewer feedback and help session

Your review, your paper, or a section that needs help

Nov 20


Bring n copies of an example from your field

Dec 1

Work session

Sections for review

Dec 4

Abstract review

Title, by-line, key words

Abstracts due

Dec 8

Steps to Publication


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