Writing and Editing Classes

  • Biosketch: Telling Your Research Stories

    Biosketches are used more and more in NIH internal reports. Participants will learn how to create a Biosketch with efficiency. Participants will also learn the appropriate components needed to put their best foot forward.

  • 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 and Publishing Your Systematic Review Protocol

    This class is a part of the systematic reviews class series. Systematic reviews are a complex undertaking and involve multiple steps in order to produce a quality systematic review. Developing a protocol to guide the conduct of your systematic review is a critical step. This class explains what a systematic review protocol is, how to develop one, and how to use it for the conduct of your systematic review. Resources to develop the protocol and where to register or publish it will be shared.

  • Ethical Writing: Issues in Scientific Publication

    Writing compelling and concise research papers requires many skills including a familiarity with ethical writing. This class provides an overview of the major issues surrounding the topic of publication ethics. Participants will form a foundation of best practices for professional writing by understanding ethical issues and ways to effectively avoid them.

  • 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 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 a Research Paper: Parts 1 and 2

    This class provides an overview on the nuts and bolts of writing a research paper. In Part 1, 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.

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