FOR 694 Writing for Scientific Publication

Ruth Yanai,  210 Marshall,  x6955,,

Class Meetings:  generally T and Th 8-9:20 in 324 Bray, but there are also some  Fr 11:40-1, in 314 Bray.
Class members should defer to the googledoc (Ruth will provide a link!) for active notes and updates.

Class Schedule (Spring 2018)



Assignments Due

Jan 16

Why Publish? 

Background presentation (5 minutes)

Jan 18

Discuss Getting Started

Getting Started Exercise

Jan 23

Choosing your Journal

Knowing your Journal Exercise

Jan 25

Figures and Tables

n copies of Tables and Figures

Jan 30

Figures and Tables

Feb 1

Outline and Objectives

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

Feb 6


Draft of Results (two copies)

Feb 8

Materials and Methods

Draft of Methods (two copies)

Feb 13


Authorship Exercise

Feb 15


Preparation for peer review

Editing and proofreading

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

Feb 20


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

Feb 22

Writing exercise, in class

Bring a difficult section


Feb 27

Advice, Responses to Reviews

First Peer Review Due

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 13-17 (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



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

Statistical Considerations

Bring your questions

Apr 24

Abstract review

Title, by-line, key words

2 copies double-spaced

Apr 26

Steps to Publication


May 1

Last Class (Final Steps)

Final Draft of Manuscript and Response to Second Reviews


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