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Writing for science publication: from raw material to submission-ready ms

Writing for science publication: from raw material to submission-ready ms
ISPA - Advanced Courses in Biology and Animal Behaviour - Writing for science publication
ISPA Advanced Courses in Biology and Animal Behaviour

Segunda, Janeiro 21, 2019 - 09:00

Sexta, Janeiro 25, 2019 - 18:00

Sala 321

Irá ter lugar no ISPA - Instituto Universitário os ISPA Advanced Courses in Biology and Animal Behaviour, sendo que o primeiro se intitula Writing for Science Publication, e contará com a presença do Professor Peter McGregor (Professor of Animal Behaviour, ISPA – Instituto Universitário).


A sua realização será nas instalações do ISPA, entre os dias 21 e 25 de janeiro de 2019.






Synopsis – this 6 ECTS course will provide the techniques and environment for participants to convert their suitable raw material (e.g. material for a thesis chapter or from a completed research project) into a manuscript that is ready for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.


Target audience - PhD students and post-docs from ISPA and other Universities/Research Institutions.


Prerequisites - evidence of suitable “raw material” & supervisor agreement for student to attend.


Format – each day will begin with an initial lecture, most of the day will be spent in group workshops and individual tutorials, and the day will conclude with a session reviewing progress and preparing for the next day. There will be sufficient time for work on manuscripts, both individually and in groups, and 1:1 tutorials to guide individual writing. Commitment to individual study outside of course days is also required – see note on timing.


Timing – note that in addition to attendance throughout the period 21st-25th January, participants will be required to spend significant time in individual study preparing for the course and continuing for some days after. They will also be required to take part in pre- and post-course Skype sessions.


Places – there is a maximum of 8 places to ensure the high level of 1:1 contact. Places will be allocated in the order applications are received. Priority will be given to ISPA PhD students.


Course content - the approach will be to use the specifics of participants’ material to illustrate the general considerations of how to publish in the peer-reviewed literature. Key factors that affect these considerations will be introduced by short lecture and examined in group working. Current developments in peer-reviewed publication will be introduced and discussed in a similar format. The provisional list of such developments includes:


  • open access
  • predatory journals
  • pre-publication
  • open peer review
  • referencing tools


We will endeavour to tailor content to match participants’ experience and needs.


To apply – send a short curriculum vitae and evidence of the course prerequisites to ue@ispa.pt with subject: “Advanced Workshop in Scientific Writing”


Course leader: Peter McGregor, Professor of Animal Behaviour, ISPA – Instituto Universitário

Peter has experience of science writing from the perspective of submitting ms for peer-review, authoring chapters in edited volumes, as well as from the opposite perspective of ms referee and journal editor (acta ethologica, Bioacoustics). He has edited books, currently co-edits a Springer book series and has been involved in producing consensus manuscripts and a United Nations report.