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ATT: Science Communication Course

Quinta, 2 Novembro, 2017 a Sexta, 3 Novembro, 2017
CCMAR - Universidade do Algarve - Campus de Gambelas (Faro)

How to get your paper published in Science or Nature

Over half of the effort of scientists around the world is dedicated to reporting on the results of their research studies. There are many ways to do this – from short presentations within research groups, to dedicated twitter feeds and blogs, to “proper” scientific journal articles. Promoting your work is called science communication, and the reporting of your results is called dissemination. Scientists have been engaged in dissemination through scientific reports of some form for over 300 years. However, in the past century, the format of the scientific article has become formalized, and the rules of the scientific article have remained the same. But will this hold in the future?

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What are the rules for writing a scientific paper?

Are the added issues at work in the digital, online world?

Why is there a scientific publishing industry, how does it work, and what is my role in it?

These are some of the questions to be considered in this workshop. The course will cover practical and discussion topics, including:

  1. Developing the correct scientific writing style for scientific journals
  2. Structure of a scientific article and tips for organization of material
  3. Choosing the right journal
  4. Ethics of using sources and citations
  5. How to review and critique articles: contributing to the scientific community
  6. English vs Scientific English
  7. How to be a better writer
  8. Anti-establishment alternatives: risks and benefits (including open access and predatory journals)


The course will include short presentations on the main topics, followed by discussion activities. There will be practical exercises based on examining manuscripts and articles. Students will be encouraged to write short pieces during and between sessions (no language barrier).

Please bring a tablet or laptop and smart phone, as well as writing paper and pen/pencil, for full participation in the class activities


Audrey J. Geffen |

I am a professor in the Department of Biology at University of Bergen, in Norway. My research in fish ecology is primarily concerned with the effects of environmental variables on the growth larval and juvenile fish. I worked in the USA on species interactions of larval fish, in the UK and in Norway on topics ranging from larval fish ecology to stock discrimination and reproductive biology. A significant aspect of my work involves theoretical and applied research on the growth and formation of fish otoliths, especially in analysing their chemical composition. My interest in fish otoliths as recorders of climate and life history has led to many international collaborative projects. In addition to research activities, I am active in the aquaculture and marine study programmes, and have responsibility for teaching Environmental Effects of Aquaculture (BIO208)

I am very active in encouraging good writing practices among students and colleagues. I have published over 100 articles, and have edited several conference collections and books. I’ve also served on journal editorial boards, including the Journal of Fish Biology, ICES Journal of Marine Science, and Journal of Sea Research. I am now editor-in-chief of Marine Biology Research.


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Nov 2 Thursday: 9:00-12:30; 14:00-17:00
Nov 3 Friday: 9:00-12:30


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science communication