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Here's how to begin with the Scientific Writing and Publishing Course.

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Jan 16, 2017

My institution subscribes - how do I start?

Welcome! As part of your institution’s subscription to Nature Masterclasses, you have access to our online course in scientific writing and publishing.

You can expect to learn:

  • How to get the most out of the writing process.
  • How the manuscript selection process works.
  • What it takes to get published in top journals.

Where do I start?

To go straight to the course, simply select ‘Access the training’ on the homepage. (Or click here).

To learn more about navigating around the course, check this video: How to... Navigate the course.

What is in the course?

There are 15 modules in the course, ordered to reflect each stage of the publishing process:

1) What Makes a Great Paper
6) Data Presentation11) Understanding Peer Review
2) Elements of Writing Style
7) Selecting a Journal12) Writing a Review Paper
3) Titles and Abstracts
8) Submitting your Paper13) Plagiarism and Other Ethical Issues
4) From Introduction to Conclusions9) The Editorial Process
14) Authorship and Authors' Responsibilities
5) Data Management
10) Journal Decisions
15) Measuring Impact

You don’t have to follow the course in order, though: you can access the modules in whatever order you prefer.

How can I see my progress?

  • To mark content that you’ve completed, simply select the ‘Complete & Continue’ button.
  • The content will then be marked with a green check mark.
  • When you complete 80% of the course, you’ll receive a certificate.

My institution doesn't subscribe - can I still access the course?

If you have registered on the website but don’t have a subscription, you can access the Free Sample, which gives a preview of the full course in scientific writing and publishing.

To recommend your institution for a subscription to the full course, contact us here.

You may have access to the course if you are currently taking part in a survey on behalf of Nature Research.

If you have any technical problems with your subscription access, please visit our FAQ.

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David Rogers

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Shizhuo Yang about 2 years ago

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