Once investigators complete their research, they are faced with the task of communicating their results to a broad audience. Without effective communication skills, investigators’ conclusions remain unknown and are rendered useless to the scientific community. Writing is at the heart of effective scientific communication, and is an essential skill for all scientists, including principal investigators, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.
To promote the scientific discoveries that take place at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Editors' Club seeks to cultivate the communication skills of its graduate student and postdoctoral fellow peers.
Mission of the Editors' Club
- To offer valuable editorial advice regarding language usage, organization, and clarity to VUMC graduate students and postdoctoral fellows
- To help graduate students and postdoctoral fellows develop essential written communication skills
- To provide professional development for individuals interested in careers in academia, technical writing, or editing
- To help editors improve their own scientific writing skills
- To maintain Vanderbilt’s institutional reputation in the field of biomedical research by striving for clarity in all forms of written communication.
“Keep in mind that the function of a paper is to communicate, not simply to indicate how wonderful your results are... It is your responsibility to ensure that the necessary information is made available [and that] … you try to make your paper as “snappy” and readable as you can.”
-From A PhD Is Not Enough: A Guide to Survival in Science by Peter J. Feibelman