“This course really gave me the drive to complete my first draft”

IZKF, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, August 2019

“I really liked the combination of theory and practice. The handout is also really useful”

IZKF, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, August 2019

“The very specific personal feedback made this course really useful”

IZKF, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, October 2018

“The university should offer more courses like this”

IZKF, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, October 2018

“It was great that there was so much practical writing and structuring tasks to help us to understand the different points better”

IZKF, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, July 2018

“The course makes the writing process much more efficient”

IZKF, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, October 2018

“The structures we learned helped to quickly and effectively organize our ideas for each section”

IZKF, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, October 2018

“The course cleared up a lot of doubts I faced when writing research articles and also helped me to identify my weak points”

IZKF, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, July 2018

“The workshop went beyond my expectations because it really went into depth on analysing each part of scientific writing”

IZKF, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, July 2018

“The discussion of our own work was extremely helpful and the script really helped me during the writing process”

IZKF, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, July 2018

“There was a very good atmosphere in the course”

IZKF, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, July 2018

“The facilitator gave me very good advice on writing my paper”

IZKF, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, July 2018

“It was helpful to have the pressure to write everything within one week and get direct feedback”

IZKF, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, October 2018

“This was a really helpful course”

IZKF, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, October 2018

“What was great was that the instructor made a very nice atmosphere, while still really helping us”

IZKF, Friedrich-Alexander University, Erlangen, October 2018

Training:
Writing an engaging
research article

Writing a first research article can be a challenging experience for early stage researchers, who may feel they have little idea where to start. BETA offers intensive training to guide them through writing their first draft, providing practical advice on how to convey research clearly and effectively.

Overview

This course builds on “The essentials of academic writing” workshop and guides participants through the process of writing the first draft of their manuscript. Morning sessions focus on structuring each article section, with plenty of practical pointers and opportunities to apply the ideas to the researchers’ own work. Afternoons are dedicated to drafting each section and all participants have a one-to-one session with the workshop facilitator at the end of the week to discuss possibilities for improvement.

Target group

Post-graduate students, post-doctoral students and faculty members that are either in the process of writing, or about to write, an original research article. Training can be provided for both individuals and small groups (max. 6) from a post-graduate programme, research group or university department. It is recommended that participants share similar disciplinary backgrounds.

Course content

This course takes participants through the manuscript section by section. A typical example of course content is shown below.

  • Articulating your key message and identifying your story
  • Writing an appealing abstract
  • The Introduction: Providing a rationale for the research and arousing interest
  • Methods and Results: Describing your methods and guiding readers through your findings
  • The Discussion: Putting your findings in context and discussing their implications
Method

Workshop materials are based on a corpus analysis approach that reveals critical steps commonly included in each article section. Participants learn to analyse sections from their own field for such steps, to identify the associated key phrases and to critically evaluate the way in which information is presented. This enables them to create a skeleton structure for their own work, which can be used to streamline the writing process. The small group size maximises opportunities for discussion between participants, creating valuable opportunities for peer feedback.

Course Format/Duration

This workshop consists of ten 90-minute units that are delivered during two 90-minute sessions per day over four days (e.g. Monday to Thursday 09:00-12:15). Friday is devoted to 30-minute individual feedback sessions with the workshop facilitator.

Course fees

€1900 + expenses (travel, accommodation, printing of handouts)

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