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Scientific Writing and Publishing in English

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Code Completion Credits Range Language
D32TWPE ZK 1P+1C English
Garant předmětu:
Milan Jirásek
Milan Jirásek, Jan Zeman
Milan Jirásek, Jan Zeman
Department of Mechanics

In this course, which is taught exclusively in English, attention is paid to the structure of a scientific or technical paper, to grammatical and stylistic aspects and to the creative scientific writing process from manuscript preparation up to its publication (including the selection of an appropriate journal and the manuscript submission and review process). Other topics covered in the course include effective search for and processing of information sources in a network environment, exploitation of library, open-access and other resources and tools, citation rules and publication ethics. Students get acquainted with citation managers, manuals of style, typesetting rules and tools for the preparation of a technical manuscript in LaTeX. Basic information on bibliometric tools and evaluation of scientific output is also provided.


To successfully pass the course and obtain credit, the participants are required to

attend classes regularly (the minimum attendance rate is 70 %),

submit mandatory homework (assigned exercises and an original abstract processed by AI tools),

pass the midterm test and the final test (can be retaken once).

The test is considered as passed if the student gets a score of at least 70 %.

Students who pass the final test with a score of at least 80 % on their first attempt will get the top grade (1 - excellent).

All other students who pass the course will get the grade “2 - passed.”

Syllabus of lectures:

1. Introduction to the course

2. Structure of a scientific paper, the abstract

3. Title and introduction

4. Materials and methods

5. The results section

6. The discussion and conclusion sections

7. Technical writing, typesetting of scientific papers

8. Citations, list of references, acknowledgement

9. Style: energizing writing, fluidity

10. Evaluation of research, ranking of journals and institutions

11. Paper submission, review process, posting of preprints and postprint

12. Academic integrity

13. Final test

Syllabus of tutorials:

1. Overview of some of the typical mistakes non-native authors tend to make in English

2. Sentence structure & word order, use of tenses in the different parts of a paper

3. Reporting verbs, capitalization

4. Use of articles

5. Connectors and linking expressions, punctuation

6. Verbs (modality, passive versus active voice, etc.)

7. Prepositions

8. Concision, clarity, avoiding lack of formality, redundancy and ambiguity

9. Frequently confused terms and other tricky issue

10. Web of Science and Scopus

11. Feedback on homework assignment

12. Navigating scientific resources & Staying organized

13. Discussion and feedback

Study Objective:
Study materials:

•Lecture notes and support materials prepared by the instructors

•Strunk, W. and E. B. White. The Elements of Style. London: Macmillian, 1999.

•Turabian, K. and W. A. Booth. Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. 8th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013.

•Alley, M. The Craft of Scientific Presentations: Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid. New York, NY: Springer, 2007.

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