Choosing your modules in our 'Scientific Writing and Publishing' course
How you use the 'Scientific Writing and Publishing' course is up to you.
If your institution or lab subscribes to Nature Masterclasses, you have access to our online course in 'Scientific Writing and Publishing'. How you use the course will depend on your individual learning style and the time you have available.
The course is broken into 15 modules. Rather than working through the modules in order, you may prefer to jump to the modules that relate to where you are in the publishing process.
Thinking about where you are in the publishing process and what you’d like to achieve, use the module guide below to dip in and out of the modules that are relevant to you:
If you are about to write your paper...
Visit modules 1 to 7 and module 14 to learn:
- what editors look for in a great paper (module 1)
- how to write clearly, write a great title and abstract, and structure your paper (modules 2 to 4)
- how to manage and present your data (modules 5 and 6)
- authorship and sharing authorship in a collaboration (module 7)
- how to avoid plagiarism and miscitation (module 14)
If you are about to submit your paper
Visit modules 8 to 12 and module 14 to learn:
- how to select a journal for publication and submit your article (modules 8 and 9)
- how to navigate the editorial process, including how to write cover letters, the peer review process, as well as the different editorial decisions and how to appeal them (modules 10 to 12)
- ethical considerations, such as duplicate submission (module 14)
If you have published one or multiple papers
Visit modules 13 and 15 to learn:
- how to measure the impact of your published article (module 13)
- how to write and publish review articles (module 15)
"It was very easy to dip in and out of a module and pick up some information in a short space of time." Postdoctoral Researcher Germany