The craft of clear scientific writing (Intervals - CÍCLIKS)

Aim:To create awareness of the elements of scientific writing that enable rapid communication between the writer and the reader and provide participants with tools for improving the quality of their writing.
Provider: Susan Frekko / Carolyn Newey
For:Beginners/Intermediate. Only for PhD students (recommended second year onwards) enrolled on the UPF PhD programme in Biomedicine

New researchers have to make the leap from consuming scientific knowledge to producing it. But having good ideas and good results isn’t enough. In order to successfully place their articles in international journals, scientists also need to learn the craft of writing research articles.

In this course participants will:

• Become familiar with the structure and elements of an IMRaD paper
• Acquire planning strategies for writing an article effectively and efficiently
• Develop awareness of common mistakes in research articles
• Apply techniques to make writing clear, concise and cohesive in sentences and paragraphs
• Acquire techniques for time management
• Learn about ethical publication
• Learn what to expect from the journal review process

Study commitment:

Participants need to commit to attending ALL sessions.


Susan Frekko is an authors’ editor, translator and trainer who helps scientists publish their research in English. Susan holds a Ph.D. in linguistic anthropology and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults. She has published her own research in indexed journals since 2009.

Carolyn Newey is an author’s editor, trainer and consultant who edits biomedical texts in close collaboration with scientists and physicians in Barcelona.

"It is better than expected, it provides really good tools to write better papers"
"I found this course very useful to improve writing, an essential skill for researchers"

Dates: Place/time: Capacity: State:  
9, 11, 16 & 18 October 2018 Sala de Juntas (4th floor)
14:00 - 17:00
15 Registration open   Register here!
9, 16, 23 & 30 November 2018 Sala de Juntas (4th floor)
9:30 - 12:30
15 Registration open   Register here!

Participants should bring laptops to some of the sessions.
Priority PhD students second year onwards until 1st September.

For any questions or comments please email