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Here's how to begin with the Scientific Writing and Publishing Course.
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 Presentation||11) Understanding Peer Review|
|2) Elements of Writing Style||7) Selecting a Journal||12) Writing a Review Paper|
|3) Titles and Abstracts||8) Submitting your Paper||13) Plagiarism and Other Ethical Issues|
|4) From Introduction to Conclusions||9) 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.
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