CHEM40720 Scientific Writing and Publishing (TCD)

Academic Year 2019/2020

The module aims to give students an overview about current publication strategies, trends, assessments and problems. The course will outline different types of research communications, develop strategies for their presentation and describe the current publication trends. Assessment strategies for the qualitative evaluation of publications will be described and discussed in the context of applied research metrics using data base analyses. Historical and current trends in research politics will be discussed and compared to changes in publication strategies. Selected examples from current and past research will be used to illustrate questions such as fraud, misconceptions, literature analysis and publication forms.
Content outline:
1 .Why is scientific publishing necessary?
2. History of scientific publishing
3. The scientific paper
4. Tips for writing a good paper
5. The scientific publishing process
6. Measuring impact: Bibliometric analysis of publications
7. The WWW and scientific publishing

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Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module, students should:
• Have a knowledge and understanding of the scientific publication process;
• be apply to analyze publications critically with regard to research metrics;
• be able to critically analyze current publications;
• have improved their own science reporting skills;
• be capable to analyze research advances in an historically and bibliometric context.

Student Effort Hours: 
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Autonomous Student Learning




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Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Requirements:

Basic undergraduate biochemistry and chemistry

Learning Recommendations:

Prior publication experience, interest in an academic career

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Written exam 1 hour End of Trimester Exam Not specified Graded No


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