INVITATION: e-course: Scientific writing and publishing with impact

The University of Helsinki has the pleasure of inviting NorDoc doctoral candidates to the e-course:  Scientific writing and publishing with impact

The courses are free of charge for NorDoc candidates (max 10 ), and more about the courses and registration from the above  links!

We hope they will be useful to some of your candidates, and kindly ask that you help us reach the relevant candidates at your institutions.

Thank you and kind regards,
Alma Kartal

In collaboration with the Elevate Scientific Academy the Doctoral School in Health Sciences / University of Helsinki is happy to invite 10 doctoral candidates from NorDoc universities to participate the e-course Scientific writing and publishing with impact, 2 credits

Before registration please take a few minutes to read the below information about the course.

Course registration

The privilege will go to the 2nd and 3rd year doctoral candidates. If needed, the participants will be chosen so that each doctoral programme has a number of seats proportional to the number of students. The course will also be offered to the doctoral candidates (max 10) from the NorDoc countries.

Registration time: 29.9-5.10.2020 @ 15.00

Registration address

Max number of participants: 100 doctoral candidates.

We will inform if you were accepted to the course and send detailed instructions  during October.

e-course:  Scientific writing and publishing with impact 

Learn how to make an impact with your research! You are cordially invited to join an e-course that will provide you with insights and a step-by-step approach for planning, writing and publishing impactful scientific papers.

Scope and objectives 

This e-course provides comprehensive instruction on how to plan, write, edit and publish impactful scientific papers. Specifically, this modular e-course covers:

Module 1: Impact:  Definitions of impact, bibliometrics, science-to-society pathways, dimensions of impact, plagiarism and other ethical issues.

Module 2: Plan:  Understanding your audience, how to frame your research, problem definition, actions and outcomes, from data to interpretation, referencing, figures and tables, writing the abstract, choosing journal and authors.

Module 3: Write:  Narrative theory, elements and structure of scientific stories, tense in scientific papers, presenting results, writing the IMRaD sections (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion), crafting the Title.

Module 4: Edit:  Understanding the reader, reader expectations of sentences and paragraphs, pitfalls for non-native English speakers, achieving flow and coherence in all units of discourse, words and style, editing the paper.

Module 5: Publish:  Life cycle of a paper, editorial processes at high-profile journals, peer review, writing a cover letter, types of editorial decisions, communicating with reviewers and editors, what happens after acceptance.

Is this course for me?  

To take this course, you should be a researcher with an ongoing or new project. Ideally, you have generated or will soon generate data, because with this course you will be able to produce a submission-ready manuscript by completing the step-by-step approach of the course tasks. Even if you have yet not generated data, this course will be very relevant and useful because not only will you gain in-depth knowledge about scientific writing and publishing, but you will learn how to read and analyse scientific papers using the concepts taught in the course.

Course instruction 

Instructional components 

Content is provided for a variety of learning styles. You will have access to: video lectures with transcripts, online reading material, offline reading material as secured PDF files, quizzes, discussions between the course participants, exercises to practice the concepts, and tasks to apply the concepts to your own research project.

Course instructor: Dr. Dan Csontos  

Dan is the CEO and Education Director at Elevate Scientific Academy. He has over 20 years of experience in academia, publishing, science communication, grant writing and science consulting, through his previous editorial positions at Nature and Nature Physics, and his current role as Editorial Director at Elevate Scientific. He holds a PhD in physics from Lund University, Sweden.

Course administrator: Dr. Nellie Linander  

Nellie is the Training Product and Client Account Manager at Elevate Scientific Academy. She comes from a teaching background and has a PhD in biology from Lund University. Nellie has a wealth of experience in science communication with diverse audiences, for which she has also received many accolades.


  • Course access:  12 months access (November 17, 2020 – November 16, 2021), through a URL to the learning platform Canvas
  • Course progression:  at your own pace
  • ECTS credits: 2 (can be assessed and awarded at four intervals during the 12-month course)
  • Certificates of attendance:  provided after the course closes
  • Technical requirements:  a computer with Windows or Mac OS running Firefox, Chrome, or Edge browsers and a Secure PDF Viewer installed (instructions will be provided to registered participants) and internet connection with a minimum speed of 512 kbps

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