Scientists in the lab are in their element. When it comes to writing up their results however, some find it daunting. Particularly when English is their second language. Because it’s so important to communicate discoveries clearly to the research community, each year we run a workshop to guide young scientists through the writing process.
The workshop is led by Professor Murray Norris, Deputy Director and Head of our Molecular Diagnostics Program. Having authored more than 160 peer-reviewed journal articles over 30 plus years, he has a wealth of experience to share with young researchers.
In five weekly sessions Professor Norris takes participants step-by-step through the creation of a research paper. Practical sessions cover how to choose which journal to target, how to present and logically arrange your data, and how to communicate your key findings as concisely and compellingly as possible.
“This manuscript workshop has allowed me to focus on my data and write a first draft of my paper.”
As they write, participants give and receive feedback on each section, which they incorporate into their growing manuscripts. By the end of the workshop they have drafted a complete journal article, ready to send off to their colleagues. The publication success rate from previous years’ workshops is high.
Marion Le Grand, a French scientist who’s come here to investigate better treatments for the childhood cancer neuroblastoma, is one of this year’s participants. She’s finding the workshop productive and enjoyable.
“This manuscript workshop has allowed me to focus on my data and write a first draft of my paper. Having different feedback was very interesting, as it let me know which parts to consolidate. And during these five weeks, the work atmosphere has been very nice.”
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Top image: Marion Le Grand (right) with other participants in this year’s manuscript workshop