Writing in the Sciences

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Offered by Stanford University. This course teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. ... Enroll for free.

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Taught by
Dr. Kristin Sainani
Associate Professor
and 10 more instructors

Offered by
Stanford University

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1 posts • 30 mentions • top 29 shown below

r/GradSchool • post
13 points • runfrthehills
Writing in the Sciences
r/Biochemistry • comment
5 points • nazomag

There's an academic writing course on coursera. I can't remember the exact course but that helped me.

Edit: I'm back home with the link. https://www.coursera.org/learn/sciwrite

r/AskAcademia • comment
11 points • Practical-Smell-7679

I'd suggest you check out the Coursera course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/sciwrite

I took this course and the instructor pointed out all the issues that you want to convey to the students.

As a student, one think that I struggle with is the time-pressure. I'm usually under a deadline of a month or two to write literature review, introduction, abstract and discussion. I don't get to revise and improve my writing before it goes to the review process.

r/unimelb • comment
3 points • Mathew19_26

Here you go:


r/IWantToLearn • comment
2 points • sethworld


r/AskAcademia • comment
1 points • MoreCobbler

I do my lit review first, make an outline around the papers I know need to be cited. I make a new folder in Zotero to keep track of these papers. Then I free write to get it into a draft stage. As others have pointed out, there are times when you know a citation should be added or perhaps you need to back up a claim and you didn’t include that work in the original review. So as other suggest, include a “cite here” and keep writing. I make liberal use of bold and color coding in my paragraphs so that I can keep moving forward. When I need a break, I go back and fill in the appropriate citations or do a more thorough review of a specific topic.

I highly recommend this course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/sciwrite I have done it twice now and I think it’s applicable to all research writing.

r/AskAcademia • comment
1 points • DrPelicang

Consider https://www.coursera.org/learn/sciwrite (it’s free). Took it a few years ago and thought it was a valuable resource

r/awakened • comment
1 points • Tim-112

I suggest taking a free online course given by Stanford University called "Writing in the Sciences". Click here. It's self-paced, well organized, and teaches very helpful writing skills. Don't be put-off by the "sciences" part, the material applies across the board to all writing.

r/Biochemistry • comment
1 points • yeastiebeesty

This is a good course on scientific writing I have recommended to a few people.

r/brasil • comment
1 points • pizza_e_ketchup

Bom proveito: https://www.coursera.org/learn/sciwrite

r/melbourne • comment
1 points • Pondglow

I don't know what your field is, but if science could give this one a try: https://www.coursera.org/learn/sciwrite.

r/brasil • comment
1 points • i_like_frootloops


r/millionairemakers • comment
1 points • hermione1smart1

Wash your hands and start an indoor hobby you've always wanted to try. Lots of free online courses

I started writing in the sciences here: https://www.coursera.org/learn/sciwrite/

Stay safe everyone!

r/AskAcademia • comment
1 points • shoddyrocks

First year undergrad, but I took this course on Scientific Writing and it's gotten me top of the class grades for all my essays the past 2 semesters.

r/sciencecommunication • comment
1 points • attabey

I judt got enrolled in this one https://www.coursera.org/learn/sciwrite

its called writing in the sciences

r/PhD • comment
1 points • ExerScise97

Second this. Write and write consistently. Even if it is just structuring out arguments and thoughts- write. You can also find an excellent course by Kristin Sainani on courseera which I have linked here.

The key thing is to write now, edit later. Just get something down, even if it feels like "word soup". I am a perfectionist and I used to waste so much time writing out sentences, refining them, deleting them all only to end up writing ~ the same thing. Don't waste time. Get a first draft done and then focus on refinement.

r/writing • comment
1 points • haruhi09

Definitely! The main idea of the introduction section is to introduce the past/recent works and to convince the reader that there still remains some gap(s) - and here you should explicitly address what those are and how your methodology aims to address them.

I would also suggest reading the introduction sections of the recent papers that are published in the journal that you submitted your work and observe how they structured their introductions.

I would also strongly suggest to take Writing in the Sciences course in Coursera (which you can also audit). The instructor is just amazing!

r/writers • comment
1 points • ParaPrometheus

One I love:


It's aimed at academics or professionals who need to write well in the sciences. All its examples are science-y, but (honestly) it was a game changer for me so far as my grasp of grammar and English is concerned.

r/PhD • comment
1 points • jectino

The previous comment is good!

I found a coursera course back in the days. I think it was called scientific writing. That was really helpful for me. https://www.coursera.org/learn/sciwrite

r/AskAcademia • comment
2 points • Deepak_Singh_Gaira

You can also check out this great course on coursera.


Though the title says "Writing in Sciences" but this course will help researchers from any field.

r/labrats • comment
1 points • A_Biologist_Werewolf

I am taking this course at the moment, it is a bit old, but the tips and tricks are definitely making me a better writer. https://www.coursera.org/learn/sciwrite

Also, reading papers, and actively looking for great writing and asking yourself why is this great writing.

r/AskAcademia • comment
1 points • anakreontas


I found this course pretty good

r/writing • comment
1 points • automata-door

For academic or technical writing: https://www.coursera.org/learn/sciwrite/

Week 1-4 for generally applicable things without regard to any particular format. \~4 hours per week if you do the exercises along, otherwise lesser.

What I liked about this is that the takeaways from the course are clear, you get practice on them though the course itself, and once you get it you can adapt it into your own writing without much effort.

r/AskAcademia • comment
1 points • SheWentThatWay

Like a hardcopy journal? If that was the plan, I would recommend doing it electronically. If you are taking notes on everything, you are going to fill multiple journals and if you are looking for a relevant sentence in all your notes, it'll be like looking for a needle in a haystack.

I've started keeping a notes file for every project, as well as a general one. That way, I can use command F to find it. Also, depending on your referencing software, it makes for a quick referencing job. I have found it has really helped (2nd year post doc for reference).

To your above comment on scientific writing, I highly recommending taking this course: https://www.coursera.org/learn/sciwrite. Even the free version is great.

r/AskAcademia • comment
1 points • ImAlsoAHooman

Learn it from the experts for free: https://www.coursera.org/learn/sciwrite

They will list books along the way if you wanna dig deeper.

r/MachineLearning • comment
1 points • Albert_Ierusalem

Thank you! I tried this https://www.coursera.org/learn/sciwrite

r/PhD • comment
1 points • maykristine

There is a class now on Coursera about that. You may want to check it out. https://www.coursera.org/learn/sciwrite

Also, this feedback tool can help you see where you might need to work on with your writing: http://writersdiet.com/test.php

r/marinebiology • comment
1 points • ConfusedCuddlefish

I'll throw out this one as well by Coursera - Writing in the Sciences:


Effective writing is a massive area of focus for any science, much more than I at least expected going in.

Programming and modelling are also very valuable skills, particularly GIS, Python, R, and SQL

ArcGIS often offers free courses and I highly recommend ProgrammingWithMosh (https://programmingwithmosh.com/). His YouTube series made more sense to me than an entire class and I would've failed my MySQL unit without him.

r/languagelearning • comment
1 points • Luguaedos

Getting Started with Essay Writing - University of California, Irvine - https://www.coursera.org/learn/getting-started-with-essay-writing

Writing in English at University - Lund University - https://www.coursera.org/learn/writing-english-university

Writing in the Sciences - Stanford University - https://www.coursera.org/learn/sciwrite

English for Journalism - University of Pennsylvania - https://www.coursera.org/learn/journalism

Obviously you should find someone one with the right background to help you revise what you write. Revising and rewriting is essential to learning to write well. Remember when you were learning the fundamentals of writing well in secondary school? You had to write multiple rough drafts? All of the same things apply here.

Another method that I suggest people consider is the method that Ben Franklin used to teach himself to write. https://contently.net/2014/08/21/voices/frontlines/ben-franklin-taught-write-clever-tricks/

And as others have mentioned, read widely.