Manuscript writing

High quality scientific writing is crucial for success in science, both for students and professional scientists. Many things depend from ability to effectively communicate research results, such as publishing an article or the number of citations this article receives.  

Below you can find internal and external resources that will help you to improve your scientific writing skills in order to perform scientific writing process easier and more efficient.

You may also have a look at the Nature Masterclasses online course in Scientific Writing and Publishing. The Szilárd Library offers free access for all EMBL researchers and staff members.

Internal Resources

Selected titles

Matthews JR, Matthews RW. Successful scientific writing : a step-by-step guide for the biological and medical sciences. 3rd ed. Cambridge ; New York: Cambridge University Press; 2008. xii, 240 p. p.

Schimel J. Writing science : how to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded. Oxford ; New York: Oxford University Press; 2012. xiv, 221 p. p.

Heard S. The scientist's guide to writing : how to write more easily and effectively throughout your scientific career. 2016. ix, 306 p.p.

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Doumont, J. English communication for scientists. E-book. NPG Education 2006.

More titles on scientific writing can be found in our online catalogue.

For training on Writing and Publishing Scientific Papers, check General Training and Development Programme page.

 

External resources

 

Courses:

Coursera platform: List of courses and specializations on scientific writing

Stanford course: Writing in the Sciences

Journal articles and blog posts:

Scientific writing 101 (Nature Structural & Molecular Biology 17 (February 1, 2010): 139)

Scientific communication: Writing up (Nature Cell Biology 13 (November 2, 2011): 1281)

Writing well: Lowering the barriers to success (Nature Immunology 15 (July 21, 2014): 695)

Before and after: Scientific writing (Good Science Writing Blog, 2015)

Scientific Writing Made Easy (Bulletin Ecological Society of America, October 13, 2016)

Heuristics for Scientific Writing (Approximately Correct Blog, 2018)

Writing your Thesis

 

Thesis procedure

After completing their pre-doctoral studies at EMBL, all fellows are kindly asked to submit an electronic copy (pdf format) of their thesis to the Szilard library.

All theses will be catalogued, bound and made publicly available (embargo periods are possible and exceptions can be applied).

Below you can find internal and external resources with instructions and tips on writing the PhD thesis.

 

Internal resources

Books from the Library collection

Mewburn I. How to tame your PhD. Melbourne: Thesis Whisperer Books; 2012. 121 p. p.  

Gustavii B. How to prepare a scientific doctoral dissertation based on research articles. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2012. x, 93 p. p.

Russey WE, EBEL HF, Bliefert C. How to write a successful science thesis: the concise guide for students. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH; 2006. x, 223 p. p.   

More books about writing a PhD thesis can be found in the Library catalogue.

EMBL Rules and Guidelines regarding PhD theses can be found on EMBL International PhD Programme pages.

Information about PhD guidelines from partner institutions is available on the partner institutions page.

 

External resources

 

Journal articles and blog posts

How to write your PhD thesis (Science How-To (April 30, 2018)

How to write like a scientist (Science Experimental Error (March 23, 2012)

Top tips about writing your PhD thesis (NatureJobs Blog, August 2014)

How to write a PhD thesis (The University of New South Wales)

An Insider’s Guide On How To Write A Thesis When You’re Short On Time (Cheeky Scientist)

Finishing your PhD thesis: 15 top tips from those in the know (The Guardian 2014)

PhD Thesis Planning and Writing (PhD Research Methods 2011)

The illustrated guide to a Ph.D. (Matt Might)