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On this page, you will find a series of readings, hands-on activities and/or group discussions along with assignments to help you understand the scientific publishing process. Among others, you can learn how to read, write and publish research findings, and how you can reference management tools to work more efficiently. Completing this course will take five to seven hours of instruction. 

How to read a scientific paper

This lesson helps you to properly read and understand a paper. It discusses types of scientific papers, organization of a paper, actions to take to properly read a paper highlights and difficulties in reading scientific papers.

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How to write a scientific paper

In this lesson, you will learn about key elements of publishing, such as ethical issues, style and language and the structure of an academic paper. The appendix summarizes the publishing process from a low-income country author’s perspective. The exercises focus on how to write a structured abstract, designate keywords and decide which journal an article to submit to.

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Intellectual property

This lesson reviews the definition of intellectual property and how it links to copyright and plagiarism. Discusses copyright and plagiarism giving an overview of the concepts providing guidelines and resources. Finally the exercises review the material covered and provide questions to identify plagiarism in several documents.

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↓ Download Intellectual Property Section 2 Plagiarism (.ppt, 891 kB)
↓ Download Intellectual Workbook Activities (.doc, 123 MB)

Strategies for effective writing

Discusses the integrated topics of using concrete words and building forceful sentences and reviews the writing processes of editing & proofreading. It includes examples on how to write more effectively.

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Web bibliography

An annotated list of links to information on how to conduct ethical research, read and write a scientific paper, write a structured abstract, prepare manuscripts for submission and write footnotes and bibliographies. These links give the participants valuable resources that are available on the internet. The links are checked every 4-6 months.

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Reference management tools

Reference management tools help scholars to create and manage their lists of references for research projects. Most tools are designed to organize citations into specific formats. Our trainng will teach you how to use two of the most used reference management tools: Mendeley and Zotero.


Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. Our trainng and exercices will help you get started with Mendeley and will teach you how you can share documents and references.

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Zotero is a free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related materials. Our training will help you get started with Zotero and integrate it with Microsoft Word.

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