Scholarly Communication

Course aims

Scholarly Communication is a concise but comprehensive course on how to write research papers in English. The course will help students gain a better understanding of the rhetorical conventions of English and the common challenges students may face as an academic writer. The course provides instruction, exercises, structure, and deadlines needed to create a publishable paper.

The aim of the course is to improve competence in scholarly communications by deepening knowledge of the core features of the scientific writing style. It presents and analyzes the unwritten rules of scientific writing, the ones candidates most likely never learned in academic writing.

The course will enable students to write clear, detailed and well-structured scientific texts appropriate to a suitable academic journal. In particular, they will develop an awareness of fundamental concepts of academic writing, such as contrastive rhetoric, logical organization, and argumentation. In addition, they will develop skills for self-editing and revision techniques, including editing for precision and clarity. They will also gain a deeper understanding of how to prepare a scientific paper using the IMRAD format.

Finally, students will develop an enhanced understanding of the concept of academic integrity and the ethics of scientific writing.

Students will be able to overcome anxiety about academic publishing and get their research papers published in international journals.

Target group

Doctoral students, young researchers


B1/B1+ (level of English)

Course content
Science Writing

MODULE I: SCIENCE WRITING will help students develop an enhanced understanding of English written pattern, based on Anglo-American rhetorical conventions. The module covers issues relating to writing strategies, style, hedging, clear meaning, organization, and choice of first-person pronouns. The focus is on improving students' ability to write academic English appropriate to a research article.

The Challenge

MODULE II: THE CHALLENGE covers issues relating to the internal text structures intrinsic to a research article. The module clarifies the usage of three major types of modifiers (squinting, misplaced, and dangling) and suggests a number of strategies to avoid obvious negation. In addition, students will learn how to create stronger academic writing by choosing the right verb form used either in the active or passive voice. The module teaches the Anglo-American style of outlining, paragraphing, and argumentation to make the reading process easier for the reader. Also, students will develop an awareness of the process of journal analysis.

The Manuscript

MODULE III: THE MANUSCRIPT will teach students how to prepare a publishable paper in the IMRaD (Introduction, Methods & Materials, Results, and Discussion) format. The module provides clear instructions on manuscript writing. Students will gain a better understanding of four elements that underlie the structure of all stories, including those you write in science – Opening, Challenge, Action, and Resolution, which can be easily mapped on the IMRaD format.

Scientific Communication

MODULE IV: SCIENTIFIC COMMUNICATION covers issues concerning the manuscript submission process. The module highlights editorial requirements, scientific integrity, and publishing ethics. In addition, students will learn several self-editing techniques that will enable students to prepare students manuscript for submission. The module suggests ways to self-promote in academia.

  • Elena Bazanova, PhD, associate professor

    Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Russia

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