Scientific writing masterclasses: Nurturing the next generation of authors

EDP Sciences offers masterclasses on scientific writing to enable early career researchers and students to better understand scholarly publishing.

Understanding the process of peer review and getting research published is daunting for young scientists. Our workshop gives the participants the opportunity to submit their draft articles to get them reviewed by their peers, using the collective intelligence of the group to help participants improve articles in preparation, and build up their writing skills.

Anne Ruimy, Senior Publisher, EDP Sciences

Overview

  • Interactive, practical, hands-on training including role-play, quizzes and exercises
  • Tailored to specific needs and research areas
  • Delivered on-site by professional publishers with journal editors
  • Delivered in English or French, lecture-style or in small groups
  • From a 1-hour focused session to a 2-day extended workshop

In detail

A two-day workshop typically includes:

  • An overview of scholarly publishing
    including publishing strategies and processes, peer review, and ethics
  • Writing and structuring articles
    including titles, abstracts, and figures
  • Marketing and promoting published articles
    including practical tips and resources
  • Input from Editors-in-Chief
    what they look for in papers, why papers are rejected
  • Peer-review
    reviewing articles using the submission system of a journal, and receiving constructive feedback on your own article

Previous masterclasses

The first Scientific Writing Masterclass was organised in partnership with the Learning Center of Paris-Saclay University and took place in February 2019.

This workshop gave me a full view of the world of scientific publishing and it opened my eyes on many things to take into consideration for my future writings.

Participant

Read about the first masterclass at Paris-Saclay University. The next masterclass at Paris-Saclay University will take place on 12-13 November 2019 with a focus on environmental sciences. Further information.

Other masterclasses took place at:

EPS Young Minds Leadership

8th EPS Young Minds Leadership Meeting at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light, Erlangen Germany (24-25 May 2019). Read more

SFP2019

25ème Congrès Général de la Société Française de Physique, Nantes, France (8-12 July 2019)

Resources

Emergent Scientist

Emergent Scientist is an open access international scientific journal dedicated to a student authorship and readership, and to a lesser extent to teachers and researchers. Emergent Scientist is intended to provide students with accessible scientific material and to offer them a first publishing experience. Scientific Editors of Emergent Scientist are on hand to co-facilitate masterclasses, using the Emergent Scientist submission system and published material.

Video interviews

To support the masterclasses, EDP Sciences is producing a series of video interviews with scientific Editors. In these interviews, Editors give their advice to early career researchers, discuss the editorial process at their journal, and share common reasons for acceptance or rejection of articles.

Interview with Jean Lilensten, Editor-in-Chief of the open access Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate.

Interview with Jean-Lou Justine, Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal, Parasite.

Scientific Writing for Young Astronomers

A&A logo

Astronomy & Astrophysics in partnership with EDP Sciences is pleased to present the 5th Scientific Writing for Young Astronomers (SWYA) workshop in Kunming, China on 6-10 January 2020. See the SWYA website for more information.

Leaflet

Download the leaflet in English or in French

Arrange a masterclass

Support your researchers and PhD students by arranging a scientific writing masterclass.

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