Scientific Writing

We know that one of the primary goals for you as a postdoctoral fellow is to publish.  Your published papers are critical to building your reputation and securing valuable funding.  We hope that the following resources may assist you in sharpening your scientific writing skills.  (Contact faith.t.bishop@vanderbilt.edu if you know of additional links that may be helpful)

Council of Science Editors - CSE is a dynamic community of editorial professionals dedicated to the responsible and effective communication of science.

Editors' Club - The Vanderbilt Editors' Club is a group of postdoctoral fellows and graduate students who volunteer to provide editorial services for our peers. We review manuscripts, abstracts, posters, and slide sets for language usage, organization, and clarity. There is no charge for this service.

Gunning Fog Index - This is a tool that calculates readability.

Self-paced Scientific Writing Training  - This course covers the structure of manuscripts and proposals, tips for making writing more efficient, and revision techniques to improve organization, logical flow, and sentence structure.

Manuscript Development - Provided by VICTR, "Studios" are a series of structured, dynamic sessions bringing together relevant research experts in a particular methodology to focus on a specific stage of research. These sessions are intended to enhance research quality, foster advances in clinical practice and improvements in patient health, increase publications, and generate new hypotheses. A studio consists of 2-6 experienced faculty selected to participate in a guidance session based on specific areas of research and needs identified by the investigator.

Vanderbilt Writing Studio - Meet individually with trained consultants to talk about any writing project or concern. Our services are free and confidential for any member of Vanderbilt’s scholarly community.

Acquiring Grant Writing Skills Early in Your Career - submitted by Christiana Davis (from NPA site)

Free online grammar handbook:  http://www.grammarly.com/handbook/