Advanced English: Scientific Writing

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/----/Description: This Badge is earned by learners participating in the course "Advanced English: Scientific Writing" offered by EduOpen The Badge is to all intents and purposes the course’s certificate of attendance. /--/About the course "Advanced English: Scientific Writing": Although English has been the lingua franca of science for over a century, young Italian researchers often find it difficult to produce a manuscript for an international journal in a style acceptable for publication. From the point of view of the journal editor who receives the manuscript, if the English language is poor, difficult to read and understand, or includes grammar and style faults, the paper is unacceptable. In fact, it would require heavy and expensive editing before publication. What is more, a weak style of the manuscript may cast a shadow on the scientific soundness of its results and the fairness of its discussion and conclusions. On the contrary, an easily readable text, devoid of repetitions or contradictions, which presents in logical sequence the author’s findings and comments, is a great wild card to rapid publication of the work done in the laboratory or in the clinical ward. This short course, which requires a good knowledge of English, is dedicated to the technique of scientific writing, in particular in the medical and biological fields. The video lectures address the common grammatical errors of morphology and syntax that are often encountered while editing manuscripts written by Italian authors. Specific areas being covered include use of pronouns, punctuation and dangling participles. Next come specific issues of technical writing, such as abbreviations, units of measure, and choice of standard scientific terms. A video lecture is dedicated to the different types of scientific publications and the logical sequence of presentation of the work done in the sections of the article. Finally, practical examples of text editing are used to deal with finer points of style, such as how to organize the text in paragraphs, and how to avoid redundancy, elegant variation, or ambiguous phrasing. /----/Skills: The owner of this Badge participated in and successfully completed the course "Advanced English: Scientific Writing", with the following results: To record experimental data in a fashion easily amenable to manuscript preparation To organize the different sections of a scientific article To follow standard rules of technical writing To avoid ambiguities in the text To revise and edit a manusript in a format suitable for publication /----/Criteria: The Badge owner attended Mooc "Advanced English: Scientific Writing" and received a pass score at the final evaluation test.

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