“The workshop was well-organized, informative, interactive and involved writing tasks which I found to be a great help.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, October 2020

“The handout is great! I know I will be referring to it a lot in the future.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, October 2020

“The experience of attending this course online didn’t feel any different than attending a course in-person.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, October 2020

“The instructor was friendly, interactive, helpful and often shared her writing experiences which were interesting to hear and motivating.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, October 2020

“It was very helpful to identify areas that I can improve.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, October 2020

“Every single part of the workshop was very useful for me. I was really happy with the great structure of the course.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, October 2020

“I hadn’t realized how helpful it was to analyse other people’s papers. Now I have a framework for analysis, I will continue to do this as part of my reading.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, October 2020

“I really liked that we first created a structure for each section, discussed it and then had time to write that section in the afternoon. I’m sure that I will adopt this approach in my writing.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, October 2020

“Perfect mix of abstract theoretical knowledge and concrete, potentially useful formulations.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, October 2020

“It was really good that we were asked at the beginning what we wanted to learn and these points were addressed in the following days.”

IZKF Erlangen University Hospital, October 2020

“The clear structure for each section and the examples were very helpful in constructing our first draft.”

IMPRS, Max Planck Institute in Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, October 2019

“Everything in this workshop was useful!”

IMPRS, Max Planck Institute in Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, October 2019

“This workshop helped me to get started more quickly and focus in on what’s important.”

IMPRS, Max Planck Institute in Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, October 2019

“Working with our own paper and getting direct feedback immediately improved the quality of the text and also really got us involved in the writing process.”

IMPRS, Max Planck Institute in Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, October 2019

“The personal feedback on each part of the manuscript really helped me to gain a better understanding of how to write the different sections.”

IMPRS, Max Planck Institute in Molecular Physiology, Dortmund, October 2019

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.

All courses are available online
All courses are available online
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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