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Writing and Publishing a Scientific paper Syllabus

6 Ottobre 2020 / 15:00 - 27 Novembre 2020 / 17:00

Online course via Zoom: Writing and Publishing a Scientific paper Syllabus – Click here to see to the complete program

This edition strongly encourages manuscripts on the theme of COVID-19, regardless of discipline (basic, clinical, etc.).

Course Overview 

Writing and publishing a scientific paper is an NIH-based practical course on scientific writing in biomedical disciplines. The course consists in crafting a manuscript through a supervised peer-to-peer group work throughout its duration.

Who is the course for?
The course targets primarily the students of the PhD programs at the Faculty of Biomedical Sciences, USI. Post-docs, and EOC staffs who do research are welcome too.
The main goal is to equip PhD students with a robust and structured method to conceive, plan, write, submit, revise, and publish scientific articles and their PhD thesis.

Eligibility criteria
This course is about actual writing and revising manuscripts. There are a few, crucial pre-requisites to participate (only some of these can and will be covered during the course):
− You have discussed with your PI what your paper is going to be about (the message)
− The hypothesis and research question(s) have been approved by your PI
− The study is complete, you have the data
− You have run the main analysis (i.e. relevant to answer the research questions), therefore you have your results ready and tables and figures are in preparation [NOTE: it is your responsibility to confirm that the statistical models used are correct. You may contact us before the beginning of the course if you need assistance/ advice with stats!]
− You have selected 2/3 published papers (and have the full texts) in the topic/ area of your study. If possible one of these papers is from your own Lab. You will use them as reference.
− You have conducted a structured search in PubMed (and/or other online databases) using the P.I.C.O. elements of your research question(s) to gather evidence, screening and selecting the main papers.
− You have a provisional bibliography in EndNote or Zotero with (all) relevant references based on this search (and the selection)
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− You are on top of this literature, which means that you know what’s been said on the subject, and you know how to join the conversation, with your paper.

Basic rules
− Be always ON TIME. We cannot start without you
− Do not skip classes. The work of others depends on you.
− Plan to have up to 4 hours/ per week for your homework.


Instructor and contact for registration:
Emiliano Albanese
Phone: +41 58 666 4962
Office Location:
USI main building, room 412
Office Hours
On Tuesdays, at 3 pm (book in advance)


6 Ottobre 2020 / 15:00
27 Novembre 2020 / 17:00