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° WS 24-25 EN
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In this course, students learn to think about scientific writing as storytelling. Every week, teacher and students will engage in group analysis, dissection, and editing of written work, both of previously published papers and own manuscript sections. Through writing exercises and peer review, students will learn about proper paper structures, effective figures and tables, power positions, and SUCCES elements.


* Scientific papers as stories

* Creating an outline

* Story structure and story elements


* Paragraph structure

* Sentence structure

* Energizing writing

* Approaches to revising

Final competences

1. Knowledge on theory about writing sentences, paragraphs, papers

2. Ability to provide constructive criticism to colleagues (peer review)

3. Ability to engage the reader

4. Ability to apply SUCCES and OCAR concepts in writing manuscripts

5. Write sections of a manuscript throughout the semester

Teaching methods

Lectures, group work, peer assessment, independent work, in-class discussions, independent work (written assignments and peer review). A typical class consists of three parts: lecture by the instructor, analysis of written work as a group, and writing exercises and peer group discussion.

Target audience

Recent graduates, PhD students, adults interested in R&D

Exam / Certificate

Grading will be based on written assignments (40%), peer group discussions during class (25%), and a written exam (35%).

Type of course

This is an on campus course.


Six Mondays and Wednesdays evenings in October 2024: 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 & 23, 2024, from 5 pm to 6.30 pm.


Faculty of Science, Campus Sterre, Krijgslaan 281, 9000 Ghent


  • Heard SB (2022) The Scientist’s Guide to Writing. Princeton University Press, New Jersey, USA. 368 pp.
  • Schimel J (2012) Writing Science: How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded. Oxford University Press, New York, USA. 221 pp.

PDFs of book chapters will be provided for assigned readings. Two copies of these textbooks can be borrowed from the instructor for those wo prefer physical books.


The participation fee is 540 EUR for participants from the private sector. Reduced prices apply to students and staff from non-profit, social profit, and government organizations. An exam fee of 35 EUR will be applied.

  • Industry, private sector, profession*: € 540
  • Non profit, government, higher education staff: € 405
  • (Doctoral) students, unemployed: € 245| Full reimbursement by Doctoral Schools is possible (see details below).

*If two or more employees from the same company enrol simultaneously for this course a reduction of 20% on the course fee is taken into account starting from the second enrolment.


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Science Academy (IPVW)

Faculty of Science


Course number:
WS 24-25
Short- en long-term programmes
Area of interest:
Bioengineering, Medicine, Health Sciences, Education and Pedagogy, Sciences
Academic year:
2024 - 2025
Starting date:
Contact person:

Campus Sterre

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