SWP Online Course Syllabus

2017 Scientific Writing and Publishing Online Course Schedule

Webinar #1: Thursday, January 12 at 2:00 pm EST
Writing Compelling Titles and Abstracts
- Key Elements of Effective Titles and Abstracts
- Practical Tips for Crafting Compelling Titles and Abstracts

Webinar #2: Thursday, January 26 at 2:00 pm EST
- The Introduction: Its Purpose and What it Should Include
- Your Overall Research Question: How to Tell the Reader Why You Did What You Did
- Your Introduction’s Last Paragraph: Leave the Reader Hanging or Reveal the Punchline?

Webinar #3: Thursday, February 9 at 2:00 pm EST
Figures and Figure Legends

- Rendering Your Awesome Data: How to Craft Informative Figures and Tables
- Choosing the Right Graphical Style for Your Data
- Putting the Most Information into a Figure While Maintaining Clarity
- Choosing Fonts and Symbols: Size Matters

Webinar #4: Thursday, February 23 at 2:00 pm EST 
Results and Methods
- Coordinating Figures, Figure Legends, Results and Methods: What Goes Where?
- The Results Section: What You Did, What Data You Obtained, and What Conclusions You Drew
- Letting Your Results Tell a Story

Webinar #5: Thursday, March 9 at 2:00 pm EST

- Getting Started: Strategies for Writing the First Paragraph
- Discussion Modules: An Approach to Writing the Bulk of the Discussion
- Discussion Do’s and Don’ts

Webinar #6: Thursday, March 23 at 2:00 pm EST 
Authors are from Mars, Reviewers are from Venus

- If It Isn’t Published, You Didn’t Do It
- Planning and Writing Drafts . . . What is an Author?
- Why This Journal? Why This Editor?
- Understanding and Responding to Reviewers (AKA Making the Editor Your Ally)


Webinar #7: Thursday, April 6 at 2:00 pm EST
How to Review a Manuscript

- Criteria Used to Evaluate Manuscripts
- Why Journals Use Different Criteria
- How to be a Good Reviewer