Topic Name Description
1 - Scientific paper writing Book Scientific literature introduction lesson

Introduction to the different types of scientific literature and other topics.

URL Figures and tables in scientific papers

Tips on effective use of tables and figures in research papers

Page Find the flaw
URL Highlight: science papers are getting harder to read

Highlight: science papers are getting harder to read

URL Food for thought: publishing process in a digital age

This article proposes three changes to address the shortcomings in the current publishing process.

URL Food for thought: Open Access and Open Science

Will Open Access & Open Science Disrupt the Future of Academic Publishing?

URL Food for thought: Europe and the problem of implementing Open Science

Is Elsevier corrupting Open Science in Europe?

Page Extra: research vs. review paper

5 Differences between a research paper and a review paper 

2 - Communication with the media URL Press release guidelines for scientists

Through this link you will find the most important information about one of the fundamental instruments of science communication: The press release.

URL Writing your own press release - scientists' perspective

This post describes the experience of a scientist who was encouraged to write her own press release—with some great tips for those in the same situation.

URL Seven guidelines for making a newsworthy science press release

So here are seven guidelines to keep in mind when writing a release.

3 - Communication via online platforms: Academic sites and profiling URL Intro: reading list

Reading List: Using Social Media for Research Collaboration and Public Engagement

Book Academic Social Networking Sites

A presentation on the use of different social networking sites and academic work.

URL Intro: building your academic profile

A guide on skills and tools for discussing, interacting, presenting, writing, commenting, and finally publishing your research in the "new" scholarly communication environment.

URL Digital identity

Academics' online presence: a four-step guide to taking control of your visbility.


Ten things you need to know about ORCID right now

URL Academic profiling services

Comparing Google Scholar, ResearchGate, Mendeley, and ResearcherID

URL Transparency academic profiling services

Facebook for the Academics

URL Giant academic social networks

Online collaboration: Scientists and the social network

URL Academic profiling services: Open Science?

The downside to popular academic profiling services such as ResearchGate.

4 - Communication via online platforms: social media URL A-Z of social media

Database of all social media sites for academics.

URL How to find your digital strategy

Four questions every researcher should ask himself before developing a digital strategy.

URL Introduction to social media for scientists

How to use social media as a rewarding and informative resource for scientists.

URL Secrets to social media for science communication

Tips on how to engage in social media for science communication.

URL Highlight: LinkedIn

7 tips to supercharge your academic LinkedIn profile

URL Highlight: Twitter

The role of Twitter in the life cycle of a scientific publication

URL Case study 1: marine science
URL Case study 2: marine science
5.1 - Visualizations (option 1) Book Visualizations

This is an optional part of the module 'scientific communication'

URL The power of infographics to communicate science

Graphics can often communicate scientific concepts more efficiently than words, for any audience. Visuals that are developed for a science savvy but non-specialist audience, can help make scientific findings accessible to broader audiences.

Page Examples of visualizations

Here you can find several examples of beautiful visualizations of scientific data:

URL How Scientific American makes its infographics

Jen Christiansen is someone who makes those transformations happen. As the art director of information graphics at Scientific American, she is in charge of turning scientists’ figures, charts, and diagrams into the publication’s award-winning science infographics.

Read how she makes infographics for the Scientific American.

URL Data visualization critic

Interesting articles about flawed data visualization graphics.

5.2 - Presentations & public speaking (option 2) URL Public speaking - The elevator pitch

Understand your audience and tailor your message accordingly when planning a 2-minute speech.

URL How to: elevator pitch

An Elevator Speech is a Mini-Presentation. This means it should have many of the same Components, Parts, and Elements of the kind of presentation that is delivered before an audience in a seminar.

5.3 - Storytelling (option 3) URL The future of science storytelling

Science is messy, full of plot twists and competing interpretations—and the way we talk about it should reflect that truth

URL The best science podcasts

Have a look at theses podcasts. Aside from storytelling and video to get your science across to the main public, a recent and very popular alternative method is to start a podcast series on your scientific work.

URL Scientists ride the podcasting wave

Blog post about the way scientists are using podcasts.

URL Blog post: storytelling

Telling Stories – Making Room For the “I” in Science

Page How to: podcast and storytelling

How to design a podcast or how to start storytelling? Here are some resources that might be of use to you.

6 - Assignments File Scientific paper analysis template

Use this template for the assignment 'Scientific paper analysis'

Page Project presentation (option 1, 2 & 3)

You will be working in the same group as you are in for the project proposal assignment. You will be making a presentation of your project proposal using the guidelines provided in this module. You will upload the presentation as a pdf file together with your project proposal in Module 1: Research Design.

Tools & files URL Writing Commons

A free, comprehensive, peer-reviewed, award-winning Open Text for students and faculty in college-level courses that require writing and research.

File Writing public policy papers

A guide for public policy advisors

File Writing a literature review

Article detailing the specifics when writing a literature review

File Ten simple rules for structuring papers

Mensh B, Kording K (2017) Ten simple rules for structuring papers. PLoS Comput Biol 13(9): e1005619.

File 11 steps to structuring a science paper editors will take seriously

Step-by-step process to guide you during the process of writing a research paper

File The storytelling scientist

Case: article

File Using narratives and storytelling to communicate science with nonexpert audiences

Using narratives and storytelling to communicate
science with nonexpert audiences

File Understanding data visualizations and infographics
File Choosing the right chart for your data

Overview of different charts

File The presentation - Andrew Abela

The presentation - A Story About Successful Communication With Very Few Slides

File Bad presentation Example

An example of a bad presentation 


File Slide chooser - 2page

2-page slide chooser

File Slide chooser - 1 page

1 pager - slide chooser

File Scientific writing made easy

Article: Scientific writing made easy

File Research paper 1: example: the impact of debris on marine life

The impact of debris on marine life

File Wittke-Thompson_figure flaw