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Writing and Editing

Classes on topics related to writing, editing, and publishing are available from the NIH Library's training program. Learn how to write compelling and concise research papers, understand the publishing lifecycle, and become familiar with issues surrounding copyright and plagiarism. The NIH Library offers a variety of classes to enhance your knowledge about scholarly communication and increase your chances of being published. Tutorials and customized training by NIH Library staff can also be provided. The list below includes Writing & Editing classes in our course catalog. Click the title of the class to view any upcoming sessions.

Choosing the Right Journal for Your Manuscript

Choosing a quality journal to publish in can be a daunting task. In this class, participants will become familiar with the available resources and tools to assist in targeting quality journals, as well as ways to recognize questionable or predatory journals. Additional topics include tips to avoid a predatory conference, evaluating invitations to serve as a peer review or editorial board member, preprint servers, and what to do if you published with a questionable journal will be covered.

Copyright and Plagiarism: What Authors Need to Know

This class will help authors navigate the legal and ethical issues surrounding copyright and plagiarism, identify and avoid potential copyright infringement issues, and ensure the integrity of their work as a component of their publishing process. This is part of NIH LIbrary's writing and publishing class series that supports writing, publishing, and scholarly communication.


Developing the Research Question and Conducting the Literature Search

This session focuses on defining the scope of your review by applying techniques to formulate a workable research question. The class introduces various frameworks used for developing a research question, and presents the requirements and steps involved in conducting the literature search for the systematic review. Useful resources are introduced throughout the session.

Grammar and Punctuation Refresher

The effective use of grammar and punctuation is essential in crafting compelling and concise research papers. This class provides a refresher of grammar and punctuation rules that are sure to help make your writing clearer. Participants will brush-up on common grammar issues including subject-verb agreement, verb tense, and use of articles. Participants will also gain knowledge about helpful writing and editing resources, as well as effective proofreading tips.

Gray Literature: Searching Beyond the Databases

Gray literature is not controlled by commercial publishers and usually is not peer reviewed. However, gray literature can help identify useful information outside the published, peer reviewed articles through reports, dissertations, conference abstracts, official documents, research-in-progress, and clinical trials. It might get you information you would never find in traditional sources. This workshop will focus on how to find credible gray literature for your research topic or for part of a systematic review.

How to Create a Graphical/Visual Abstract

Peer-review journals are gradually requesting that a graphical or visual abstract is submitted with the manuscript for publication. This one-hour webinar explains what a graphical or visual abstract is, how it is being used, information that should be included when developing one, and how to create one. Sample abstracts will be shared with participants and access to an abstract template will be provided. Participants will leave this introductory webinar with a better understanding of this new submission component and know how to create one that best reflects their research. 

How to Write a Research Paper: Part 1

This class is the first session in a two-part series of classes on the nuts and bolts of writing a research paper. Participants will gain knowledge about writing each section of a research paper and submitting a manuscript. Participants will also receive tips for selecting an appropriate journal for publishing and understanding open access obligations. This class is intended for individuals new to writing and publishing, or for those who would like a refresher.

How to Write a Research Paper: Part 2

This class is the second session in a two-part series that aims to assist researchers in writing a research paper. This second session will cover the process after a manuscript has been submitted to a journal and best practices on responding to reviewer comments. Participants will become familiar with the peer review process and how to respond appropriately to a journal’s decision. Additional topics that will be discussed are open access requirements for manuscripts and data sharing. Throughout the class, best practices and suggestions to make the process easier will be shared.

How to Write an Abstract

Research abstracts are an important element of manuscript and poster presentations. In this session, participants will learn the key components of an abstract including its structure and tips to write them succinctly. This session is a short introduction appropriate for new authors or a refresher for experienced authors.

Introduction to EndNote 20

EndNote 20 is a reference management tool that tracks citations and formats them as you write your manuscript. This introductory session covers how to: download the latest version of EndNote from the NIH Library; import records into EndNote; create, manage, and share EndNote libraries; and insert formatted citations into a Word document using the "Cite While You Write" feature.

Introduction to EndNote Desktop

This one-hour online training will cover importing records into EndNote Desktop, creating, managing, and sharing EndNote libraries, and inserting formatted citations into a Word document using the “Cite While You Write” feature. 
By the end of this training, attendees will be able to: 

• Create an EndNote Desktop Library  

• Import records into EndNote  

PowerPoint Accessibility: The Basics in 20 Minutes

This short training session introduces attendees to the best practices for making PowerPoint slides accessible. By the end of this training participants will be able to identify four areas of PowerPoint accessibility: alt text, reading order, color, and tables.

Please note that the PowerPoint Accessibility Checker will be taught in Lunch and Learn: Using the PowerPoint Accessibility Checker.     

Preprint Your Research

This one hour and a half in-person training will cover preprinting for authors. Attendees will learn about emerging publishing practices related to preprints and develop customized strategies for using preprints to highlight preliminary research outputs and demonstrate research productivity. 

By the end of this training, attendees will be able to: 

  • Share research via preprint servers  

Promote Your Research Using ORCiD

Learn how you can promote your scholarly output using ORCiD, from creating an ORCiD iD that is a permanent identifier for researchers, to using the full site to help track your publications and your peer review work for journals. NIH encourages everyone who is engaged in research, grants, and research education to create an ORCiD identifier. Using ORCiD enables researchers to highlight their scholarly work more effectively.

Quarto for Scholarly Publishing: Advanced Formatting

This class is designed for those who want to extend the basics covered in the Introduction to Quarto for Scholarly Publishing class. In this class you will learn how to format tables, work with LaTeX equations, customize code blocks, and insert images. 

Upon completion of this class participants should be able to create tables, customize code-blocks, create LaTeX equations, and insert images into a markdown document. You must have taken Introduction to Quarto for Scholarly Publishing to be successful in this class.

Quarto for Scholarly Publishing: Working with Citations

This class is designed for those who want to extend the basics covered in the Introduction to Quarto for Scholarly Publishing to Formatting class. This class uses Quarto to render formatted citations and bibliographies included in a journal article, report, or presentation.  This class also discusses the Zotero API, which is supported in RStudio. Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, annotate, cite, and share research.

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