Scientific Manuscript Writing, practical course

Third-cycle level | 6.0 credits | Course code: SB00006
VT 2021
Study period: 2021-03-15 - 2021-04-26
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION: The course is given in English
Application period: 2020-10-01 - 2020-10-21

Course description

The course includes lectures and practical exercises in analysing and writing the different parts of a manuscript. A template for writing a complete paper is provided. The course is given over an initial 2-week period (Sessions 1-6), followed by 3 weeks for writing a paper and 1 week for peer review, concluding with a final meeting (Session 7) to give feedback and advice on how to submit the paper and respond to reviewers. The goal is for the participants to create a newly written manuscript based on their own original research data. In many cases, the participants are ready to submit their paper by the end of the course or soon thereafter following modifications and consultations with co-authors.

Pre-requisites for taking the course: An important feature of the course is individual feedback at all stages of the writing process, which means that the number of participants admitted the course is maximally 14 and each participant is required to have collected enough data to write a paper (usually in 2nd or 3rd year of the PhD). Applicants to the course are encouraged to explain in their application how far along they are in their research, if they are doing the PhD part-time, if they have already published some papers, and if they currently have sufficient results to create an original paper during the course. Please check that you will be able to attend all the sessions before applying to the course!

Level of effort required: This is an intensive course – GU mandates that one högskolepoäng entails 27 hours of work for each student. Participants are expected to: attend all the sessions (28 hours) and take active part in the group discussions; prepare in advance their data for making figures and tables and for the eventual manuscript (18 hours), submit each of the five homework assignments (30 hours) on time; write a complete scientific paper (36 hours over a 3-week period); perform peer review of other students’ papers (15 hours); engage in an active peer-review session (6 hours); and modify their manuscript and engage with co-authors towards submitting their paper to a scientific journal (29 hours). Total: 162 hours (6 hp).

Requirements and Selection

Entry requirements

Admitted to postgraduate education.

The course is aimed primarily at students who have started their research project and are in the process of writing a manuscript.

The course is an elective course within the third cycle at Sahlgrenska Academy.


Selection is performed according to the following:

  1. PhD student at Sahlgrenska Academy,
  2. PhD students enrolled at another university within a formal collaborative agreement on doctoral education with Sahlgrenska Academy,
  3. PhD students enrolled at another faculty at the University of Gothenburg or another university in Sweden,
  4. PhD students enrolled at a university outside Sweden.

Other information

The course will be given on the following dates in the Spring Term 2021 (VT21): 15/3, 17/3*, 19/3, 22/3, 24/3*, 26/3, 26/4*
Session times are from 10:30 to 13:00, except for (*) 17/3, 24/3, and 26/4* when the session times are from 13.00 to 17:00.

The course will be given in English.

Course coordinator: Vincent Collins,
Location of classes: Conference Room, 2nd floor, at “Mikrobiologen”, Guldhedsgatan 10

Course syllabus



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CONTACTVincent Collins