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Writing a Research Paper

For students and researchers in the natural sciences who are new to scientific writing or wish to improve the quality of their written output

Taught by 17 Nature Portfolio journal Editors

4.5 hours of learning

15-minute lessons

6-module course with certificate

About this course

This is the first edition of the ‘Writing a Research Paper’ course. We recommend you take the updated, second edition of the course even if you have already started this older version.

'Writing a Research Paper' focuses on how to write an effective, clear and concise article that will appeal to a broad audience as well as attracting the attention of your peers.

What you'll learn

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

The course

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What makes a great paper?

8 lessons 50m

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Elements of writing style

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Titles and abstracts

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From introduction to conclusion

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Data management

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Data presentation

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Delivered by Nature Portfolio journal Editors

This course is delivered by 19 Nature Portfolio journal Editors, giving researchers an unparalleled insight into the scientific writing process. Our panel of experts include:

Gemma Alderton

Former Senior Editor, Nature Reviews Cancer

Tanguy Chouard

Senior Editor Biology, Nature

Elisa De Ranieri

Editor in Chief, Nature Communications

Nicky Dean

Chief Editor, Nature Energy

Zoltan Fehervari

Senior Editor, Nature Immunology

Iulia Georgescu

Chief Editor, Nature Reviews Physics

Peter Gorsuch

Chief Editor, Nature Research Editing Service

Patrick Goymer

Chief Editor, Nature Ecology & Evolution

Andrew Hufton

Chief Editor, Scientific Data

Federico Levi

Senior Editor, Nature Physics

Leonie Mueck

Former Senior Editor Physical Sciences, Nature

Sadaf Shadan

Biological Sciences Team Manager and Senior Editor, Nature

Anke Sparmann

Senior Editor, Nature Structural and Molecular Biology

Chris Surridge

Chief Editor, Nature Plants

Liesbeth Venema

Chief Editor, Nature Machine Intelligence

Bart Verberck

Regional Executive Editor, Springer Nature

Alexia-Ileana Zaromytidou

Chief Editor, Nature Cell Biology

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The shortness of the videos allows me to fit them in between work and research. This format also meant that I could take in the information bit by bit..

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