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The Writing Series: Writing, Style and Process
Course Description:

This course complements the self-paced course ‘The writing series – Writing and Publishing a Research Paper’ by providing a chance to ask questions of expert trainers about the best writing style for an academic journal and about getting writing.

Please Note: To attend this session you must be enrolled on 'The Writing Series: Writing and Publishing a Research Paper' and should have watched the videos on the writing style and writing process.

To forge a career in academia, you need to publish research papers in peer-reviewed journals. This video session will enable you to discuss and ask questions about the material on writing in the self-paced course ‘The writing series – Writing and Publishing a Research Paper’. To attend this session you need to be enrolled on the self-paced course and should have watched the videos in Part 1 (writing style and writing process). There will be discussion in small groups, an exercise or two and time for questions.

This session will cover: 

  • A way of thinking about academic writing that will ensure that it is formal enough but still clear
  • One key grammatical trick for making your writing less dense
  • The stages of the writing process and what to do in each one

This course is provided by Cofactor (http://cofactorscience.com). It has been developed by Cofactor founder Anna Sharman, an experienced researcher trainer who has been a postdoc, an in-house biology journal editor and a publishing consultant. Zoom sessions will be facilitated by two of Cofactor‘s experienced associate trainers, who have been selected and trained by Anna.


By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Identify and avoid several common pitfalls in academic writing style
  • Get yourself organised and motivated to get lots of writing done
Intended Audience:
This course is suitable for researchers at all levels, including those who are starting to write their first paper for a journal and those who have already written and published several papers. It can be taken by researchers in all areas of academia, but the examples used are mostly from science, technology, medicine and social sciences.
Target Audience: UCL Research Staff and PG Research students only

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