Scientific Writing

General Information

Target group: Doctoral and Ph. D. students at the Faculty of Medicine

Participants should have a sound knowledge of the basics of scientific writing.
They should be interested in reviewing and analysing their writing skills,
identifying strengths and weaknesses and further enhancing their skills.

Facilitator: Dr. Tanja Rieß; Dr. Simone Kurt; and others
No. of participants: Max. 12
Requirements: Advance task, active participation.

Contents / Aims and Objectives

Accurate, understandable writing is one of the most important academic skills. Writing is a learned skill that
takes persistence, training and confidence. In this course, we will start by discussing frequent problems and
the typical phases in the writing process. We will then discuss the following questions: requirements for and
structure of scientific papers, different types of writing, writing an abstract, figures and tables, the title,
publishing the paper, etc. Questions of language and style will be discussed in detail, using examples both
from published (or rejected) papers and from examples provided by course participants. We will look at rules
and tools for bibliographic references, and, finally, at the effective use of your word-processing programme
when preparing longer texts, e. g. doctoral dissertations or book manuscripts. To prepare for the course, we
will be using an online module which will help you to re-evaluate your skills and to identify your particular
strengths as well as areas where you need more practice.


Short presentations, practical exercises, individual feedback and discussion.