Author skills

On this page, you will find a series of readings, hands-on activities and/or group discussions along with assignments designed to help you understand the scientific publishing process. Among others, you can learn here how to read, write and publish research findings. Join us to become more effective writers… and better researchers. The completion of the course will take five to seven hours of instruction. 


How to read a scientific paper

This lesson gives 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.

↓ Download presentation (.ppt, 279 kB)
↓ Download appendix (.pdf, 438 kB)


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 and components of an academic paper. It also includes an Appendix that 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 should be submitted to.

↓ Download presentation (.ppt, 1 MB)
↓ Download HINARI Workbook Activities (.doc, 349 kB)
↓ Download AGORA and OARE Workbook Activities (.doc, 365 kB)


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.

↓ 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)


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)


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.

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


Webinar: Dimensions

Since the fall of 2019, Research4Life users can benefit from access to Dimensions Plus, Digital Science’s platform that connects research papers with information about funding, patents, and much more. In this webinar, we show you how to access Dimensions and how to use its basic features.