Scientific Writing and Publishing


  • Types of writing in science professions (i.e., scientific, technical and business writing)
  • Advice on reviewing manuscripts the etiquette of reviewing
  • Discussions of how to decide what to publish and where to publish
  • Guidelines on the ethics of plagiarism, authorship, reviewer confidentiality, etc.
  • The publishing process from submission to publication


  • Prepare and submit manuscripts of articles for publication
  • Use literature databases and citation software


The topic, Why Write, presented by ASM President Roberto Kolter, opened up the 2010 Institute at ASM in Washington, DC, March 18 - 21.

Guidelines regarding authorship provided by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors

“Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication,” describing ethical considerations in research and publishing and editorial issues regarding publication

E. Schofield. Common problems with illustrations of graphical data. Science Editor 25:39-41. 2002.

R. Reis. Getting published as a graduate student in the sciences. Chronicle of Higher Education, 2000.

P. E. Bourne and A. Korngreen. Ten simple rules for reviewers. PLoS Comput. Biol. 2: e110. 2006.

P. E. Bourne. Ten simple rules for getting published,” PLoS Comput. Biol. 1:e57. 2005.

Policy guidelines of the publications board of the ASM ?in the handling of manuscripts dealing with microbiological sensitive issues