Author Skills

The Author Skills modules engages you in a series of readings, hands-on activities and/or group discussions along with assignments designed to help you address many issues in the publishing process.  How to read, write and publish research outcomes are some of the skills this training will help you develop. Join us to become more effective writers… and better researchers. The completion of the course will take 5-7 hours of instruction depending on the number of exercises finished. 


Part A: How to Read a Scientific Paper

An overview of the key activities needed to properly read and understand a paper. It discusses the types of scientific papers, organization of a paper, actions to take – to properly read a paper – and difficulties in reading scientific papers.

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↓ Download Appendix (.pdf, 438 kB)


Part B: How to Write a Scientific Paper

Discusses key elements of publishing (ethical issues, style and language, structure and components of a paper including structured abstracts, the article submission process including peer review and author vs. reader priorities. It also includes an Appendix that summarizes the publishing process from a low-income country author’s perspective. The extensive exercises include assignments to write a structured abstract, designate keywords and, from abstracts of articles, decide which journal an article should be submitted to.

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↓ Download HINARI Workbook Activities (.doc, 349 kB)
↓ Download AGORA and OARE Workbook Activities (.doc, 365 kB)


Part C: Intellectual Property

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.

↓ Download Intellectual Property Section 1 Copyright (.ppt, 409 kB)
↓ Download Intellectual Property Section 2 Plagiarism (.ppt, 891 kB)
↓ Download Intellectual Workbook Activities (.doc, 123 MB)


Part D: 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.

↓ Download Strategies for Effective Writing (.ppt, 283 kB)
↓ Download Strategies for Effective Writing Workbook Activities (.doc, 139 kB)


Part E : Web Bibliography

An annotated list of links to WWW based, full-text 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.

↓ Download Web Bibliography (.ppt, 1 MB)
↓ Download Web Bibliography Exercises (.doc, 32 kB)