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Writing & Publishing A Scientific Paper Workshop

GRAD 500 Writing and Publishing a Scientific Paper Workshop

This four-session, writing-intensive workshop is designed for NIH trainees and biomedical scientists. Participants will write a draft of a research paper based on data generated from their current or previous study for publication in a peer-reviewed science journal.

This workshop focuses on the organization of a scientific research paper, with an emphasis on the two most difficult sections to write, Introduction and Discussion. It will also cover designing tables and figures and writing a clear and concise abstract and cover letter for submission to a science journal. In addition, participants will learn about the publication process from a science journal editor's perspective, along with how to choose the right science journal for their paper as well as how to navigate peer review. Participants will receive and provide feedback on weekly written assignments through peer review groups and will also receive feedback from the instructor. 

Learning objectives:

  • Write a rough draft of a scientific paper, focusing on the two hardest sections to write—the introduction and the discussion
  • Understand the publishing process, including why manuscripts get accepted/rejected
  • Discuss construction of figures and tables
  • In-class writing excercises include the all-important abstract and a cover letter for submission of your manuscript to a journal
  • Respond effectively to reviewers' comments

All registrants must have sufficient data to begin writing a paper and be willing to spend 3-5 hours per week on assignments. Attendance is required for all classes. Please also note eligibility criteria. 

This course is offered as a non-credit, daytime course that is not part of the Graduate School's traditional academic, credit-bearing and semester-long evening courses.


NIH trainees as well as all scientists whose research generates data publishable in peer-reviewed journals and are interested in writing a draft of their paper. Non-NIH scientists are also welcome. Participants from satellite NIH campuses and other locations across the country can participate via live webinar. A certificate of completion will be awarded to those participants who successfully complete the course.


NIH Main Campus, Building 50, Bethesda, MD 20892

Dates and Classroom Location

Friday, September 13th, 2:00 - 4:00 PM  (Bldg.50, Conference Room 1328/34)

Friday, September 20th, 2:00 - 4:00 PM (Bldg.50, Conference Room 1328/34)

Friday, September 27th, 2:00 - 4:00 PM  (Bldg.50, Conference Room 1328/34)

Friday, October 4th, 2:00 - 4:00 PM  (Bldg.50, Conference Room 1328/34)


$125.00 to be paid before the first day of class.

For more information, contact the FAES Graduate School at (301) 827-5797 or email at

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