FOR 694 Writing for Scientific Publication

Ruth Yanai,  210 Marshall,  x6955,

Class Meetings: Tuesday and Thursday, 1:30-3 except for the three dates marked with an asterisk, when we'll meet at 12:30pm,  324 Bray Hall

Class schedule



Assignments Due

Jan 17

Why Publish? 

Bring your questions

Jan 19

Discuss Getting Started

Getting Started Exercise

Jan 24

Choosing your Journal

Knowing your Journal Exercise

Jan 26

Figures and Tables

n copies of Tables and Figures

Jan 31

Figures and Tables

Feb 2

Outline and Objectives

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

Feb 7


Draft of Results (two copies)

Feb 9

Materials and Methods

Draft of Methods (two copies)

Feb 14*

Writing exercise, in class

Bring a difficult section

Feb 16*

Preparation for peer review

Editing and proofreading

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

Feb 21


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

Feb 23

Statistical Considerations

Bring your questions

Feb 28

Advice, Responses to Reviews

First Peer Review Due

First Reviews.docx 

Mar 1


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

Mar 6

Progress on Introductions (shared in class)

2 copies double-spaced

Mar 8

Progress on Discussions

2 copies double-spaced


Mar 12-16 (spring break)


Mar 20

Mid-semester feedback

Anonymous feedback

Mar 22

Readings on Peer Review

Submit  Rough Draft and Response to First Reviews

Mar 27



Mar 29


Authorship Exercise

Apr 3*


Bring examples of RFPs, proposals

Apr 5

Readings on Publication Productivity

Second Peer Review Due

Apr 10

Reviewer feedback and help session

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

Apr 12

Writing exercise, in class


Apr 17


Bring n copies of an example from your field

Apr 19

Work session

Sections for review

Apr 24

Abstract review

Title, by-line, key words

Abstracts due

Apr 26

Steps to Publication


May 1

Last Class (Final Steps)

Final Draft of Manuscript and Response to Second Reviews

* Class meets at 12:30 instead of 1:30

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