Part 1: Writing a Research Paper

Scientific Writing and Publishing

6 Modules Duration: 4h20

Part 1 of the Scientific Writing and Publishing course focuses on how to write a clear and concise article that will appeal to a broad audience.

What you'll learn

  • What editors look for in a great paper
  • How to write clearly, write a great title and abstract, and structure your paper
  • How to manage and present your data


  • Part 1 of a 3-part course
  • Certificate of completion
  • Taught by 19 Nature Research journal editors
  • English language captions and transcripts
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The course

What makes a great paper? | 0h50 | 7 lessons

In this module you will learn:

  • where publication fits into the research life cycle
  • what the essential criteria are for a good paper
  • how Nature Research journal editors define a great paper.
Elements of writing style | 0h25 | 6 lessons

In this module you will learn:

  • some simple changes you can make when writing to make your papers easier to read
  • how to use different paragraph types and transitions to create focus and flow in your manuscript
  • how to improve your writing style through exercises.
Titles and abstracts | 0h40 | 11 lessons

In this module you will learn:

  • what makes a good title
  • two easy-to-use abstract templates that you can apply directly to your own writing
  • what to avoid when writing titles and abstracts.
From introduction to conclusion | 0h40 | 12 lessons

In this module you will learn:

  • what should be included in, or excluded from, each section of the paper
  • how to organize your ideas effectively and avoid common mistakes
  • how to create a narrative flow to help readers follow your argument.
Data management | 0h50 | 11 lessons

In this module you will learn:

  • why it is important to accurately record, share and preserve your data
  • the best approaches to managing your research data
  • the importance of sharing your data and who might use it.
Data presentation | 0h55 | 10 lessons

In this module you will learn:

  • the four principles of creating clear and engaging figures for your paper
  • how to choose which figures to include in your manuscript
  • best practices in raw data processing and image preparation
  • tips to ensure that your figures are clear and informative for your readers.