802011 Scientific publishing

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Reimhult, Erik , Whitten, David
Offered in
Wintersemester 2018/19
Languages of instruction


This one semester course is valuable to all students who will be writing papers about their engineering or scientific work. It both includes an overview of the scientific publishing enterprise and a focus on current trends and major changes, past, present and future. The course is also helpful in providing practical experience in writing a scientific paper, deciding when it is time to write up your work and where to submit your paper, once it is written.
We will go through the review and editing processes and what role you as an author will be playing in this process. We will include practical exercises and homework assignments to augment the in class time which will largely be an informal lecture/discussion session with frequent practical exercises in the class period. We will discuss the reviewing and editing of manuscripts including the different roles and responsibilities of editors and reviewers as well as appropriate reviewer etiquette. We will also discuss the ethics of scientific publication and examples and consequences of unethical conduct.

Previous knowledge expected

Completed bachelor in a natural science field

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

After the course the students will have an understanding of the scientific publication process. They will have developed a critical and ethically aware approach to regard the entire publishing chain from deciding time to write, over choice of publication channel to own writing and the review process. The students furthermore will have developed practical skills in academic writing and mastering the academic publication process.
You can find more details like the schedule or information about exams on the course-page in BOKUonline.