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Continuing Professional Development Programme
Space for Reflective Learning


2023, Edition 3, Trimester 2: June, ONLINE
Target: Beginners. People with little or no experience writing and publishing papers
6 Sessions*:
  • 06/06/2023 15:00 - 17:00;
  • 08/06/2023 15:00 - 17:00;
  • 13/06/2023 15:00 - 17:00;
  • 15/06/2023 15:00 - 17:00;
  • 22/06/2023 15:00 - 17:00;
  • 29/06/2023 15:00 - 17:00
* You should attend all sessions

SYSTEMS skills

Introduction to effective biomedical writing (Intervals - CÍCLIKS)


This course sets the foundation for writing and publishing research articles in the biomedical sciences. It gives an overview of biomedical research journals, IMRaD article structure, and readers’ expectations of the text, and it presents broad strategies for writing the articles and accompanying cover letters and for revising after peer review. The course aims to demystify these processes, by illustrating the range of techniques and strategies that skilled writers use. 




Beginners. People with little or no experience writing and publishing papers


Publication of a research article is an integral part of the research process. Just as high-quality research depends on valid protocols and disciplinary standards, so too does the effective writing of research papers. 

During the course, participants will:

  • Become familiar with the characteristics and qualities of research journals in the biomedical sciences
  • Learn how to separate content into the main sections of an IMRaD article and ensure cohesion among the sections
  • Understand the difference between writer-based and reader-friendly writing, and appreciate the need to address readers’ expectations
  • Learn basic strategies for planning, drafting and revising a research article and revising again after peer review
  • Review the use of verb tenses in different IMRaD sections
  • Learn how to structure sentences, paragraphs and sections for optimal readability and a forward flow of information
  • Develop and apply a technique for writing a paragraph to describe a table or figure
  • Acquire basic skills of good citation practice

Please note the course consists of several sessions, and you should be able to attend all of them.

Study commitment

There will be some required homework assignments between sessions and you should ensure that you have time to do these - approx 2 hours. Please see course proposal.

Other relevant information

For any issue regarding attendance before or during the course, please note that you should contact the Intervals team directly by sending an email to

NOTE: Conditions for participating in online courses  

Intervals courses are small, interactive group sessions in which confidential issues are often raised. During the online sessions you must have your camera on, and a microphone ready to participate in the group activities. You should be in a quiet place with a good internet connection. If you are not alone in the room you must wear headphones. If you are unable to meet these conditions you will be asked to leave the course.

Related courses

Introduction to scientific publishing & How to read a paper

Becoming a scientific writer - putting the why before the how


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Valerie Matarese
Valerie Matarese

Valerie Matarese is an authors’ editor and trainer of scientific writing with ~25 years’ experience supporting biomedical researchers. She studied biochemistry–molecular biology in the United States and has published original research both in biomedical science and on writing for publication.

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