Write it clearly: fundamentals of good scientific writing

Aim:The central aim of this course is to create awareness of the elements of scientific writing that enable rapid communication between the writer and the reader.
Provider: Carolyn Newey
For:All PRBB scientists. PhD students, priority second year onwards.

This course addresses the fundamentals of good scientific writing. It aims to develop confidence in writing skills and create awareness of what makes scientific writing effective. The group will look at well written papers in their field and analyze their content. Special attention will be paid to vocabulary, grammar and style issues. The course will focus mainly on writing original research papers but will also address other genres of formal scientific communication.

On 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
• Learn about ethical publication and how to deal with the peer review process

Study commitment:

When registering, you should be aware that to get full benefit from this course you will need to complete some homework assignments between sessions. Participants need to commit to attending ALL sessions.


Carolyn Newey is an author’s editor, trainer and consultant who has been editing biomedical texts in close collaboration with scientists and physicians in Barcelona for over 20 years. Carolyn speaks Catalan and Spanish and has an in-depth understanding of the linguistic needs of native speakers of these languages.

"Excellent. This course should be compulsory for every scientists " Edition 2017.
"I wish I had done this course before." Edition 2016.

Dates: Place/time: Capacity: State:  

The course is targeted at non-native English speakers. A high level of English is required. If in doubt about your English level, please contact the PRBB Intervals office.

PhD students: Priority second yeard onwards until the 19th December.

*This course covers the same ground as the course "The craft of the scientific research article". To maximise availability of places, attendees of "The craft of the scientific research article", cannot be accepted for this course as well.

For any questions or comments please email intervals@prbb.org.

Finished editions:

30th January, 1st, 6th & 8th February 2018
7th, 9th, 14th, 16th, 21st & 23rd November 2017
6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th & 22nd November 2017
Intensive edition: 20th, 21st & 22nd June 2017
8th, 11th, 15th, 18th, 22nd & 25th May 2017
31st January, 2nd, 7th, 9th, 14th and 16th February 2017
26th, 29th September, 3rd, 6th, 10th & 11th October 2016
30th May, 2nd, 6th, 9th, 13th & 16th June 2016
15th , 18th , 22th , 25th , 29th February and 3rd March 2016
5th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 19th and 22nd October 2015 (Mondays and Thursdays, BUT the 13th Oct that is Tuesday)
9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd and 25th March 2015
8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th May and 5th and 12th June 2014
5th, 12th, 19th, 26th February & 5th & 12th March 2014
2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th May & 6th June 2013
13th, 20th, 27th February and 6th, 13th & 20th March 2013
24th & 31st May and 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th June
23rd February, 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 12th April 2012
2nd, 9th, 16th, 21st, 30th June and 7th July 2011