Workshop on Scientific Communication and Publishing

The object of the workshop is to develop the skills necessary for generating high quality scientific manuscripts for publication in international journals. The course has been organised by the University of Zagreb and the organisation team of the 17th ECM, with support from the EU Erasmus + programme. The teachers of the course are Dr. Stephen Venn (Espoo Association for Nature Conservation, Finland) and Prof. Dr. Gabor Lövei (Aarhus University, Denmark).

Topics of the course

  • Planning a manuscript
  • Tables, figures and graphics
  • The writing process
  • Scientific editing
  • Responding to feedback

The course will include lectures and group work. Participants will learn how to prepare a scientific manuscript and also how to evaluate manuscripts. They will work in small groups on the development of a manuscript. On Thursday 24th September there will be a seminar, in which the groups will give a short presentation on the manuscript they have worked on. A panel of experts will give feedback on the manuscripts and presentations. In the final session, on Friday 25th, we will go through the feedback from the seminar in more detail and plan the final revision of the manuscripts.

There will be approximately 30 places in the workshop, and students and authors of potential manuscripts for the conference proceedings will be given priority. The workshop can be used to improve manuscripts for the conference proceedings or for simply developing writing skills. The course is free of charge.

  • Sunday 20th September Introduction to the workshop

    Lecture: Planning and drafting a Scientific Paper (1h).
    Theme of the manuscript, relevant theory, division of tasks in the group, keeping to the theme throughout the manuscript and selecting an appropriate journal for the manuscript.

    Group work (1h) – Planning a manuscript based on your own or provided data. The workshop participants will be divided into small groups and will work together on developing a manuscript. If all of the participants in a group have material for a manuscript, then it will be possible to work on each of them in collaboration. However, each group will have to select just one of these as the basis of their presentation in the seminar.

  • Monday 21st September

    Lecture (1h): Tables, Figures and Graphics
    How to present data clearly and accurately

    Group work (1h) – preparation of a draft manuscript

  • Tuesday 22nd September The review process

    Lecture (1h): How to review a manuscript

    Group work (1h) – Each group will review a manuscript together and give a report, including a recommendation for the editor.

  • Thursday 24th

    Seminar (2h) – Each group will give a presentation on the status of their manuscript. Feedback will be given by a panel of experts.

  • Friday 25th September

    Reflection and implementation (2h) – In this final session we will go through what we have learnt during the course. We will also look more deeply at the feedback from the seminar and how to implement the recommendations. There will also be an opportunity to go back over any topics that require further attention. The objective of this session will be to ensure that everyone now has a good draft manuscript and a clear idea of what still needs to be done. The participants should now have the skills necessary for completing a manuscript and objectively evaluating scientific manuscripts.

The times of the workshop are given in the Conference programme. The duration of the teaching provided in the workshop is approximately ten hours, including lectures and group work, though additional time will be required for the completion of group work tasks. On Wednesday 23rd September there will be no formal session, as there will be an excursion then for the conference participants. Participants will work together in groups of 2-5 on the development of at least one manuscript. If they each have a manuscript, maybe that they plan to submit to the conference proceedings, then they can each work on their own but also collaborate as a group. We will present a rationale for structuring a scientific paper, though of course there is not only one correct way to do that. Participants will also have the task of reviewing manuscripts and presenting their evaluations.