Open Collective
Open Collective

Scientific Writing from a Reader's Perspectives

A virtual workshop covering best practices and techniques for scientific writing.

Thursday, June 10, 2021, 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM (UTC+02:00)



The purpose of scientific writing is not the mere presentation of information and research results, but rather its actual communication. 

It is not only about converting the right data into sentences and paragraphs; it matters only when other scientists gain value from your efforts and when the scientific discourse triggers a wave of discussions and subsequent experimentation.

To achieve this, we will discuss aspects of scientific writing style and structure – keeping reader expectations in mind.

Your contribution to this event: 

  • Recommended contribution to participate:  € 49.00
  • If your budget is currently tight: Pay What You Want, starting at € 25.00 per seat

Your gain from this event:

Imagine that you will
  • be able to conduct a strategic literature search 
  • have clarity about how to best structure your manuscript along with your methods, results, and take-home message of your project
  • have a structure laid out for your manuscript clearly transporting the message from your results
  • know exactly how to choose an Open Access and affordable journal to publish your work in for the widest possible readership
  • be able to get yourself out of the writer's block should you experience difficulty filling the blanks


PART I --- 10:00 am 11:30 am
- Welcome & Introduction
- Formats, Audience, and Purpose of scientific writing
- Academic versus popular science writing
- Efficient literature search
- Understanding how readers read

BREAK --- 11:30 am - 11:45 am (15 mins)

PART II --- 11:45 am - 01:00 pm
- The overall structure and components of the manuscript for a research article
- Strategies to organizing your content 
- Hedging
- Transitions between Sections, Paragraphs, and Sentences
- CPR: Concision, Precision, Revision
- Digital Writing Tools 

To prepare for this workshop:

1) Please write a short summary about your research in not more than 3 sentences; incl. context, methodology/approach, and results/outlook;

2) Please read Tennant, J.P., Ross-Hellauer, T. The limitations to our understanding of peer review. Res Integr Peer Rev 5, 6 (2020). 

Our team

Aravinth Panch

Core Contributor

Gitonga Kalunge

Core Contributor