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Course: Science Writing course

The goal of the course is to improve the quality of scientific writing of quantitative research in health research. There will be interactive plenary lectures and coach group meetings.

Various topics will be discussed during the interactive lectures. Students may be asked to complete assignments prior to the lectures. The students will also be expected to set up and manage citation alerts. During the interactive lectures the students will be provided with (parts of) draft manuscripts and are asked to furnish the manuscript with an abstract, title or keywords. In additional, data will be given and students will be asked to construct a table or a figure.

The coach groups will consist of 3 to 4 students and a coach. The students will send (parts) of concept manuscripts to the coaches one week prior to the next meeting. The coaches and the other students in the coach groups will provide the students with feedback about concept manuscripts. The interactive lectures will be given in 2 to 3-hour sessions. The coach group meetings will take 1 to 2 hours. There will be around 7 lectures and 4 to 5 coach group meetings.

The course will take over 4 months.

More detailed course information.

- PhD students in the field of biomedical research are referred to the Scientific Writing A-Z .
- PhD students with little writing experience (emerging scientific writers) are referred to the GSMS Publishing in English course.
- This course is NOT open for Research Master students
- Before the start of the course, participants should have already written a substantial part of their draft research paper.
- Review papers are NOT suitable for this course.

1.   Introduction to the course
2.   Introduction section
3.   Method section
4.   Result section
5.   Discussion section
6a. Writing an abstract
6b. How to improve impact of your research
7.   Reviewers, rejection, resubmission

Start date: February 5, 2020. The complete schedule is not known yet

1) The course is meant for clinical research (quality of life, psychology, epidemiology). If your research is in a field like the fields mentioned above, then you can participate.
If your research is in the field of biomedical research (e.g. biomarkers, lab-oriented research or research on very basal processes) you should register for the course Scientific Writing A-Z.

2) Before the start of the course you must have written a substantial part of your article (introduction, methods, part of the results). You will assess each other's articles in the coach groups, so if you have not written enough then that will undermine the group dynamic.


Date Time Location
February 5, 2020 09:00-11:00 Building 3111, room 0217
February 17, 2020 14:00-16:00 Building 3111, room 0217
March 10, 2020 14:00-15:30 Beatrixoord, room B4.38
April 6, 2020 09:00-11:00 building 3111, room 0302
May 7, 2020 14:30-16:30 building 3111, room 0302
May 13, 2020 13:00-14:30 Building 3111, room 0217
May 13, 2020 14:30-16:00 Building 3111, room 0217
May 18, 2020 13:00-14:30 Building 3111, room 0315

EC (without exam)


Location address

Building 3111, room 0217
A. Deusinglaan 2, Groningen
Beatrixoord, room B4.38
Dilgtweg 5, Haren
building 3111, room 0302
A. Deusinglaan 2, Groningen
Building 3111, room 0315
A. Deusinglaan 2, Groningen

Course coordinator

  • Prof. Pieter Dijkstra



Target Groups

  • PhD students


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