Writing and publishing a scientific paper

ACTIVE LAB 05 / 10 October 2023 / 15:00 - 16:30

ACTIVE LAB 08 / 11 October 2023 / 15:00 - 16:30

Organised by:
Alexandre Cabral - Université de Sherbrooke (CA)

Writing is an art. To communicate effectively, you need to write well. The publication of scientific articles is a cornerstone of a research career. The main objective of this lab is to present to the attendees the main topics of the writing and publishing process. The formula adopted is unique and has helped PhD students, postdocs fellows and young professors from several countries in developing a simple and effective writing method to structure their thinking, communicate research results, organize discussions with co-authors (including their supervisors), and instruct future students.

The actual course follows several formats, from semester-long to intensive two-week long. Over the course of the workshops, attendees learn how to deal with writer's block, how to write the main sections of an article and the letter to the editor, how to improve your English writing skills, and more. They also learn more about the peer review process. Together, these skills help them to write better scientific papers and increase the chances of having their papers published. The aim of this active lab is to present the main topics of the course, the idea behind the teaching methodology and the various formats this course can follow.


  • Understanding the importance of writing and publishing quality articles
  • Developing a publishing strategy
  • Clearly explaining the originality of your work
  • Structuring your thinking and explain in clear writing the key messages
  • Adopting a scientific style
  • Understanding the particularities of the English language
  • Developing the ability to recognize shifts in register
  • Developing the ability to distinguish between function words and content words
  • Preparing and writing the main sections of an article and the letter to the editor
  • Providing appropriate figures and graphs
  • Respecting ethical guidelines
  • Understanding the submission and publication process

Complementary Objectives

  • Structure the relationship between student and supervisor
  • Improve the quality of meetings with supervisor