FOR 694 Writing for Scientific Publication

Ruth Yanai, 210 Marshall,  x6955,,

Class Meetings: T and Th 12:30-1:50 in 324 Bray

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Class Schedule (Spring 2020)                   



Assignments Due

Jan 14

Why Publish? 

Background presentation (5 minutes)

Jan 16

Discuss Getting Started

Getting Started Exercise

Jan 21

Choosing your Journal

Knowing your Journal Exercise

Jan 23

Figures and Tables

n copies of Tables and Figures

Jan 28

Figures and Tables

Jan 30

Outline and Objectives

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

Feb 4


Draft of Results (two copies)

Feb 6

Writing exercise, in class

Bring a difficult section

Feb 11

Materials and Methods

Draft of Methods (two copies)

Feb 13


Preparation for peer review

Editing and proofreading

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

Feb 18

Discussions (examples)

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

Feb 20

Drafts of Discussions

2 copies double-spaced

Feb 25

Advice, Responses to Reviews

First Peer Review Due

Feb 27

Introductions (examples)

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

Mar 3

Drafts of Introductions

2 copies double-spaced

Mar 5


Authorship Exercise

Mar 10

Mid-semester feedback

Anonymous feedback

Mar 12

Readings on Peer Review

Submit  Rough Draft and Response to First Reviews


Mar 15-22 (spring break)


Mar 24

Statistical Considerations

Bring your questions

Mar 26

Readings on Publication Productivity

Second Peer Review Due

Mar 31

Reviewer feedback and help session

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

Apr 2



Apr 7


Bring examples of RFPs, proposals

Apr 9

Writing exercise, in class


Apr 14


Bring n copies of an example from your field

Apr 16

Work session

Sections for review

Apr 21

Abstract review

2 copies double-spaced

Apr 23

Steps to Publication


Apr 28

Last Class (Final Steps)

Final Draft of Manuscript and Response to Second Reviews


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