Writing and Reviewing in Biomedical and Life Science Engineering, 1,5 (3) hp


Course number48
Year2022
TypeSubjectcourse
TrackCancer, Cardiovascular diseases, Drug development, Infection, Inflammation, Metabolism, Muscoloskeletal system, Neuroscience, Reproduction and development,
Max participants15
Application deadline2023-01-15
LanguageEn
Course leaderHannah Pohlit, Agnes Rodler
DepartmentDept Farmaci
Visiting addressBMC A1:2
Post addressBox 580, 75123 Uppsala
Datescontinuous - email registration
Locationonline, various locations (Ångström, BMC)
Course length1-3* 1,5h sessions per term/parallel assignments
Course report 
Course plan 

 

Description

Learning outcomes of the course:
The aim of the course is to provide students with:
•hands-on practice in manuscript writing
•hands-on practice in manuscript reviewing
•familiarize students with the journal submission process.
The course is designed as a practical complement to other scientific writing courses offered by the faculty. The students will get a wider perspective on life science engineering and medical research in general as they contribute with their different experiences and approaches from their own research work.

Learning outcomes

A1. Demonstrate broad knowledge and systematic understanding of the research field as well as advanced and up-to-date specialised knowledge in a limited area of this field.
• The course brings together students with different backgrounds and expertise, and students will benefit from broadening their perspectives on research by reading and commenting on research from related research fields.
A2. Demonstrate familiarity with research methodology in general and the methods of the specific field of research in particular.
• The students will read about different methods in the field of life science engineering and thereby increase their knowledge on research methodology in general. In particular, the students will practise critical assessment the relevance of used methods by reviewing their peers’ manuscripts.
B1. Demonstrate the capacity for scholarly analysis and synthesis as well as to review and assess new and complex phenomena, issues and situations autonomously and critically.
• By reviewing their peer’ articles, students will learn índependent and critical assessment of other people’s work. This will be beneficial for the students when planning and conducting their own research projects.
B4. Demonstrate the ability in both national and international contexts to present and discuss research and research findings authoritatively in speech and writing and in dialogue with the academic community and society in general.
• The course will be a preparation for handling real reviewing processes after graduation. The students will learn how to phrase their comments using professional language with high scientific quality.
• By reading the peers’ manuscripts and improving their own manuscripts the students will get practice in how to present their results in a comprehensive manner and fulfilling the standards set by the academic community.
B5. Demonstrate the ability to identify the need for further knowledge.
• During the course, the students will review articles about for them unfamiliar topics and methods. For the students to be able to judge on the scientific quality of these papers, they will have to practise their ability in identifying the need for new knowledge and how to obtain and analyse new information.
B6. Demonstrate the capacity to contribute to social development and support the learning of others both through research and education and in some other qualified professional capacity.
• By learning how to criticise fellow researchers’ work in a constructive manner participants will contribute to the learning process of others.

Contents

How it works:

During the course you will submit your own written manuscript(s) and review your peers' manuscripts. The course responsibles will assign two reviewers per submitted article. Reviewers will be chosen on the basis of i) their estimated graduation date, ii) vicinity of subject area, iii) number of papers already reviewed.

The course covers the following aspects of writing and reviewing a manuscript: (i) general paper structure, (ii) journal submission process, (iii) peer review process, (iv) journal selection criteria, (v) writing a cover letter, (vi) general structure of scientific review, (vii) writing a rebuttal letter to reviewers comments with high scientific quality and professionalism.

Instructions

Article submission:

During the course you have to submit 1 (for 1.5 credit point version of the course) or 2 (for 3 credit point version of the course) own written manuscript(s). To complete this task, you need to upload your manuscript with supporting information (if applicable) as well as an own written cover letter to the editor. The cover letter does not need to be addressed to a real person or to the journal you plan to submit to, it can be a made-up journal and editor.

Review:

During the course you have to do 2 (for 1.5 credit point version of the course) or 4 (for 3 credit point version of the course) revisions of your peers manuscript(s). To fulfill this task, you need to read the article thoroughly and write and upload your comments to this task within two weeks. All types of comments are encouraged, mainly scientific ones of course, but suggestions on paper structure and language edits are also welcome. You can refer to the checklist provided, and submit at least 3 constructive comments/questions per reviewed paper. The comments should be formatted in the same way you would do as in a real journal review.

Anyone not keeping to the deadlines will have to review another paper to get the credits, since any delays may affect other people’s submission times or timeliness in getting a course certificate. Please note that if you do not respond at all to review requests, you will be excluded from the course after one warning (you can of course decline to review if it is not suitable at the time, but you need to decline the review offer by answering the e-mail).

Authors response:

During the course you have to submit 1 (for 1.5 credit point version of the course) or 2 (for 3 credit point version of the course) authors responses. The submitting author should reply to the reviewers comments in a professional manner, within the time frame of 2 weeks by uploading the comments. To fulfill this task, you need to read and answer the reviewers comments and upload your point by point response to this task within two weeks. The comments should be formatted in the same way you would do as in a real journal review.

Important! Anyone not keeping to the deadlines will have to re-submit a paper to get the credits, since any delays may affect other people’s submission times or timeliness in getting a course certificate.

Introduction lecture (on-site):

Next introduction session: Wednesday 15.02.2023 10:00

At every beginning of a term, a introduction session will be arranged. Here, you will get information to supplement the scientific writing courses, including how to write a cover letter, reviewer comments and response to reviewer’s comments. To fulfill this task, you need to attend and participate in a discussion sessions.

Discussion session (on-site):

At least 3 times per year a discussion session will be arranged. Here, different topics will be discussed, such as generally difficult parts of scientific writing and examples of difficult reviewer’s questions to answer to. Participants are encouraged to suggest topics for the discussion sessions.

To fulfill this task, you need to attend and participate in the discussion sessions. For the 1.5 credit version of the course, you need attend and participate in at least 2 discussion sessions. For the 3 credit version of the course, you need attend and participate in at least 3 discussion sessions.

How to apply:

Eligibility:

The prerequisite for the course are:

You have a research topic within the field of life science engineering or biomedical research
You conduct experimental studies on devices, instruments, or in vitro or in vivo studies as a part of your PhD project
You have completed at least 2 years of PhD studies
You have at least one manuscript in preparation at the time of course start, which is estimated to be ready for in-course reviewing within 6 months.

Registration:

Send an email to the course responsibles

TekNat: Sofia Johansson (sofia.johansson@angstrom.uu.se)

MedFarm: Agnes Rodler (agnes.rodler@farmaci.uu.se)

Please include the following information in your email: your name, your university email address, personal number, PhD topic, if you fulfill the prerequisites of the course and planned PhD graduation semester. Indicate whether you would like to take the 1.5 or 3 credits course. If you would like to remain anonymous as a reviewer, please also indicate this.

Examination

Overview of requirements/tasks to fulfill:

Requirements for 1.5 credits (hp):
- attend the introductory lecture
- attend and participate in at least 2 discussion sessions
- submit 1 of your own articles for review (and respond to reviewers comments)
- review 2 articles of your peers
- respond within the timeline (2 weeks)

Requirements for 3 credits (hp):
- attend the introductory lecture
- attend and participate in at least 3 discussion sessions
- submit 2 of your own articles for review (and respond to reviewers comments)
- review 4 articles of your peers
- respond within the timeline (2 weeks)

Literature

Teaching staff

Sofia Johansson, PhD.
Division of Microsystems Technology
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
Ångström Laboratory
Uppsala University
Lägerhyddsvägen 1
75121 Uppsala

Hannah Pohlit, PhD.
Researcher
Molecular Pharmaceutics Group
Department of Pharmacy
BMC Uppsala
Husargatan 3
75123 Uppsala

Agnes Rodler, PhD.
Postdoctoral Researcher
Molecular Pharmaceutics Group
Department of Pharmacy
BMC Uppsala
Husargatan 3
75123 Uppsala

More information

sofia.m.johansson@angstrom.uu.se

Please send an email to register!

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