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Scientific Writing and Publishing

For students and researchers in the natural sciences who are new to publishing or wish to refresh their skills

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3-part course with 3 certificates

36 editors from 20+ Nature Research journals

11   hours  of learning

10-minute lessons

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Develop writing skills and confidence writing for journals

Understand editorial processes and what editors look for

Learn best practices for submitting a paper and peer review

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Part 1: writing a research paper.

Part 2: Publishing a Research Paper

Modules 1. Authorship and authors’ responsibilities 2. Selecting a journal for publication 3. Submitting your paper 4. Understanding peer review 5. Journal decisions 6. The editorial process 7. Measuring impact 8. Plagiarism and other ethical issues

Part 3: Writing and Publishing a Review Paper

Module 1. Writing and publishing a review paper

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The course is delivered by 36 editors from over 20 Nature Research journals — giving researchers an unparalleled insight into the publishing and manuscript selection process.

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Writing in the Sciences

Stanford School of Medicine

This course teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics include: principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, and issues in publication and peer review. Students from non-science disciplines can benefit from the training provided in the first four weeks (on general principles of effective writing).

Course Format

In the first four weeks, we will review principles of effective writing, examples of good and bad writing, and tips for making the writing process easier. In the second four weeks, we will examine issues specific to scientific writing, including: authorship, peer review, the format of an original manuscript, and communicating science for lay audiences. Students will watch video lectures, complete quizzes and editing exercises, write two short papers, and edit each others' work.

Course Syllabus

Week 1 - Introduction; principles of effective writing (cutting unnecessary clutter) Week 2 - Principles of effective writing (verbs) Week 3 - Crafting better sentences and paragraphs Week 4 - Organization; and streamlining the writing process Week 5 - The format of an original manuscript Week 6 - Reviews, commentaries, and opinion pieces; and the publication process Week 7 - Issues in scientific writing (plagiarism, authorship, ghostwriting, reproducible research) Week 8 - How to do a peer review; and how to communicate with the lay public

Dr. Kristin Sainani, Associate Professor of Health Research and Policy

Stanford University

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Certificate in science writing.

Advancing technology, an ever-changing planet, and our age-old fascination with the unknown have sustained the demand for science-related content written for the everyday reader.

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From a flower’s delicate petal to a galaxy’s distant glow, science writing explores and explains how our world works. The best science writing inspires a deeper understanding, a sense of wonder, or a need to act. Our certificate program is designed to guide the next generation of writers and editors who will help us comprehend how increasingly complex issues of science, medicine, and technology affect our lives.

In this program you will:

Because most of our students have jobs or other obligations, our convenient part-time format allows each to decide an individual, flexible pace of study.

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Our experienced instructors in the MA in Science Writing Program include practicing writers and editors who excel at teaching—authors, journal editors, reporters, magazine editors, freelance writers, publishers, artists, and scientists.

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Excursions and field experience have led our students to a research island in Maine, control rooms at NASA, historic museums in Italy, and world-famous labs in Washington and Baltimore. They have observed in the operating room, sailed with biologists on the Chesapeake.

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The Researchers’ Writing Academy

Scientific writing program, academic writing course.

✏️ For researchers who want to publish in high-impact journals without lacking structure in the writing process

Not sure if this scientific writing program is a good fit for you?

procrastinate on your writing,

need to get more effective at writing clearly and concisely,

experience writer’s block, OR

get rejected by high-impact journals,

…the answer is probably yes! Confirm by watching the training below.



the only Academic writing program you’ll ever need…

…if you want to learn how to write clear & concise research papers for high-ranking journals in a timely manner

— even if you aren’t a native English speaker!

I used to offer only workshops for groups of researchers. But: They started at $5000 USD and researchers couldn’t sign up for them individually.

That’s why I’m so excited to welcome researchers to this academic writing course! The Researchers’ Writing Academy is for scientists and researchers who write research papers based on data they have gathered (e.g. in the fields of health, physical, earth, life sciences and psychology).

The scientific writing course is based on my step-by-step paper writing system:


It’s the proven method that:.

✅ Speeds up your paper writing 

✅ Crafts a compelling narrative for your paper 

✅ Gives you a structured plan of what should go in each section 

✅ Helps you communicate your research clearly and concisely

…so you can spend less time on writing papers and can start getting published in high-ranking journals!

Photo of Dr Soundarya Soundararajan who is an alumna of our academic writing program

“ Before enrolling in the Researchers’ Writing Academy, I felt like I was drowning in a writing sea. I had the world of time and resources but I simply did not know what to write. I followed Anna’s structured writing plan and I could see that my writing started to flow. The storytelling approach kickstarts the process of writing a paper for me and my introduction sections aren’t lengthy anymore but focused. I actually started to enjoy the writing process itself! I always knew I had it in me, and the Researchers’ Writing Academy was the key to that portal. This is by far the best course I have ever attended (not only on writing but in general)! As soon as I finished the course, I produced two papers. I am now publishing actual papers that I believe anyone would love to read! And that is my foundation stone for the science journey I am about to embark on. ”

Photo of Academic Writing Coach Dr Anna Clemens relaxing on the sofa with her dog Zuza

The Journal Publication Formula ensures that you always know how to start and where to stop .

Let’s make those never-ending iterations with your co-authors or supervisor a thing of the past.

But that isn’t all. The Journal Publication Formula also shows you how you can take away the pressure of selling your paper .   Are you ready to massively decrease the chances to get desk-rejected?

Whether you have a large English vocabulary or not, the Journal Publication Formula makes sure that you are communicating even complicated concepts in your paper effectively.




This is how our scientific writing course, based on the Journal Publication Formula, takes researchers from data to submission-ready draft:

Graphic for Module 1 of the academic writing program


Learn the most efficient workflow to write your paper and map it onto your calendar. Internal deadlines aren’t enough though, you’ll also learn to master committing to your writing sessions!

In addition, you’ll understand how to integrate your co-authors in the process and manage common ”writing wrenches” such as perfectionism, fear of rejection and writer’s block, so you’re all set up for a streamlined writing process.

Download your writing project plan to make the writing process efficient!


Master the scientific story framework, a no-fluff system to introduce a coherent narrative into your paper from the very beginning of the writing process.

You define the reader of your story and construct your argument (yes, science papers need an argument too!). Download your key story elements worksheet and your storyboard template to guide you through the process!

Graphic of module 2 of the scientific writing course

Structure each section

You use the key story elements defined in Module 2 to start outlining each section of your paper. You create section and paragraph outlines for the Introduction, Results and Discussion sections.

The paragraph template for writing the Results sections makes sure that you are guiding your reader through your argument with flow.

You’ll also learn why the References section shouldn’t be an afterthought and how to select studies to cite in your paper.

Communicate clearly and concisely

It’s finally time for writing your first draft! All you need to know about good writing are the 5 foundations of clear and concise writing — no need for an advanced English language class!

You will also be walked through how to effectively present your findings visually, aka how to make good Figures.

And when your first draft is ready, you can use our step-by-step process to edit your own writing effectively — so you always know when to stop perfecting your paper. 

Graphic of module 4 of this scientific writing program


You are SO close to submitting your paper!

Learn how to write a compelling title, abstract and cover letter that are in line with the narrative of your paper in no time!

Psssst: You’ll use the key story elements defined in Module 2 again.

Download your templates for writing the abstract and cover letter!

And then we celebrate with you when your paper is:

Graphic showing the word "submitted!" which is the goal for this scientific writing course

“ I absolutely love, love the course. Anna gave me a formula that really makes sense. Once I watched the first module, I was hooked! During my enrollment, I worked on two first-author papers using the Journal Publication Formula. One of them was recently published. I consider myself fortunate that I found out about the Researchers’ Writing Academy. ”

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“ Anna’s formula turns a complicated and oftentimes daunting task into an easy to follow method. This formula removed the barriers I had in my writing process, and helped me with task initiation, organization, and goal-making. I now have a clearly written manuscript that delivers my results, and demonstrates their impact from the first sentence to the last. ”

Here’s what you will get access to inside the Researchers’ Writing Academy- our Academic Writing Program:

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scientific writing course: The Journal Publication Formula

This self-paced online course guides you through the whole process of writing a paper for a high-impact journal time-efficiently. Most videos are short (10-20 minutes), some are longer (40 minutes), the total viewing time is around 9 hours. The course also includes worksheets, templates and checklists and you will have access to the whole course for 12 months. 

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BONUS Workbook : The Paper Writing Guide

You will receive a fillable PDF course companion workbook. Summarising the key points from the lessons, the workbook works as a detailed checklist that guides you through the paper writing process. Previous members have told me to publish and sell the workbook on its own because using it to write a paper was suddenly so efficient for them.

Wait, there’s more.

You’ll also get access to our writing community and coaching.

Mockup of our community platform that is part of this scientific writing program


Writing doesn’t have to be lonely. Our members-only Researchers’ Writing Community (hosted on the platform Circle) is a space to network with like-minded researchers, celebrate wins, get accountability for your writing and meet other members for our weekly co-writing sessions and pop-up writing retreats. Become part of a network of researchers from all over the world — we have members in the US, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, Israel, Sweden, Czech Republic, Turkey, Brazil, Netherlands, Australia, Norway, Chile, Switzerland and counting.

Screenshot of live writing feedback in our scientific writing course

Coaching and Mentorship 

No question goes unanswered in our community group. We also host (at least) 9 live group coaching calls per year. Submit your questions in advance and get tailored reviews of your story board, Introduction section, figures, cover letter — the choice is yours! Use the calls to consolidate what you learned in the lessons and to connect with the other members in the Academy.

Join us inside this scientific writing course!

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What’s included in the Researchers’ Writing Academy?

Journal Publication Formula — the step-by-step paper writing system taught in 5 Modules (entire online course library)

Exclusive access to the member-only community hosted on Circle

Paper Writing Guide (PDF Workbook) + worksheets + templates

9 live group coaching calls (+ recordings*)

Weekly co-writing sessions

Pop-up online events (book clubs, planning workshops, writing retreats…)

All course updates during enrolment period

12 month access

12 x $87 USD

Payment plan, pay in full.

Photo of Dr Jia Ng who is an alumna of our scientific writing program

“ Before enrolling in the Researchers‘ Writing Academy, I approached academic writing as something tedious that I needed to do. I struggled to know what story I wanted to tell in my papers and my writing always seemed kind of chunky and disconnected. More often than not, my co-authors and I would end up having an editing nightmare! Now, after joining the course, I have confidence in my writing skill. I know exactly what I need to do, how to structure paragraphs and how to make my writing flow. Anna is very patient with her students and able to pick up the story of a paper quickly - no matter the research field. Writing a paper with co-authors is now a much smoother process. I can now write a draft in just four weeks – if I’m clear on my results and fully in writing mode. The other big change is that I have started to really enjoy writing. Being able to see a year-long project turn into a well-written manuscript is so much fun! Since enrolling in the course, my papers read so much better and I have already published one paper (that was highlighted by the journal as paper of the month!) and two more are on the way! ”

We want you to feel comfortable when investing in your career.

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That’s why we offer a

14-day money-back-guarantee.

If the course doesn’t work for you - for whatever reason -, you’ll get a refund up to 14 days after enrolling.

We refund the price you paid MINUS a 5% administration fee, which covers, for example, payment processing charges.

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Writing doesn’t have to be lonely.

The awesome thing about joining the Researchers’ Writing Academy is that you don’t only get access to the academic writing course, you also get to meet researchers who are in the exact same boat as you. You can connect in our member-only community and meet for our weekly co-writing sessions and pop-up writing retreats.


Current members and alumni of the Researchers’ Writing Academy are based at the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands), Stanford University (US), University of Michigan (US), University of Cambridge (UK), Harvard Medical School (US), ETH Zürich (Switzerland), University of Edinburgh (UK), The Arctic University of Norway, National Institute of Health (NIH; US), National Health Service (NHS; UK), Cornell University (US), University of Auckland (NZ), Karolinska Institute (SE), Trinity College Dublin (IE), MIT (US), Yale University (US), CNRS (France), Heidelberg University (DE), Cancer Research UK, Emory University (US) and many, many more.

To get started with this scientific writing program, just choose your preferred option:

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“ Writing was dreadful for me. I had to write one last paper from my PhD and I had no motivation to do that because the paper had been rejected twice already and I had moved to a new role and discipline. The Journal Publication Formula gave me that clear vision of why people should care about the research and that made it easier to write the paper! It helped me organise my thoughts and the structure of the paper. The paper is under review now, so it passed the first test: It didn’t get desk-rejected! The prorgram helped me to enjoy writing and I think it made me a better academic! Because if you enjoy writing papers, you are going to write more of them. The program is definitely worth the money spent because you get the hang of how you want to structure your papers. Going through the process of the Journal Publication Formula gave me confidence into defining my own voice and what I wanted my papers to be like. It’s an investment into my future self. ”

Photo of Dr Oluwatoyosi Onwuemene, an alumni of our scientific writing course

“ I really enjoyed the course. I am an excellent writer and have been writing and submitting manuscripts for a while. However, the course significantly improved my process of engaging with and receiving feedback from my co-authors. The particular breakthrough I received in the RWA was with regard to the necessary work prior to writing, especially with regard to creating an outline prior to committing to a full manuscript. It sounds like a simple intervention; but it really changed the way I interact with my co-authors. It has cut down significantly on major edits of fully written manuscripts and allows me to fully engage co-authors early on in the manuscript-writing process. Now there is less confusion and fewer surprises during the writing process! ”


Let me ask you this…

What would happen in your life and career if you could rely on a systematic process to write papers that get accepted in high-impact journals?

The question isn’t how much time you could save by mastering a repeatable system to write clear and concise papers.

It’s what may happen to your career if you do. 

If you invested $87 today… .

...how much time could you save throughout the rest of your career ? 

“ Anna’s class was the most valuable time I spent trying to improve my writing skills. I finally feel like I have an effective recipe that will help me overcome my long-standing fear of turning results into a compelling document. ”

You are warmly invited to join us inside the Researchers’ Writing Academy

Learn how to write a scientific research paper efficiently in this academic writing course.

Join us now and get immediate access to the only blueprint you will ever need to get published in high-ranking journals while leaving the land of procrastination behind!

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“ Before joining the Researchers’ Writing Academy, I was questioning if I belonged in academia – AND whether or not someone was going to figure out! My writing was disorganised and the feedback I would often get was something along the lines of “we don’t think your research fits in our journal” even though I thought it fitted perfectly. The Researchers’ Writing Academy has helped me understand in a tangible way how to communicate my research through storytelling. And I already got a Revise & Resubmit! I got so much confidence from this program and this is a big deal for me. Now I’m fully committed to my academic career! Anna demonstrates in the course that she actually knows the information she’s teaching and isn’t just regurgitating what others have said in the past. She really hooks her audience! On a broader level, I have understood that we researchers aren’t just all bad communicators. Rather, the reason why we often don’t communicate well is that we don’t know the process or structure to communicate better. And that’s fixable! ”

what our members and alumni say about our Academic writing course — the Researchers’ Writing Academy:

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Dr Amelie Jeanneau, bushfire risk researcher at The University of Adelaide in Australia details how she got the confidence to define her own voice through the Journal Publication Formula.

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Dr Katia Canenguez, Health Disparities researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School shares her experience in the Researchers’ Writing Academy.

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Dr Jourdan Davis, Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina, reflects on her writing since joining the Researchers’ Writing Academy

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Dr Jia Ng, Assistant Professor at the Zucker School of Medicine in the US, reflects on her writing and her writing process since joining the Researchers’ Writing Academy

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Dr Soundarya Soundararajan, medical scientist at the National Institute of Occupational Health in India, reflects on her writing since joining the Researchers’ Writing Academy

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Get funding from your institution!

Did you know you can get your institution to invest in your professional development?

secure funding to join our Scientific Writing Program — the Researchers’ Writing Academy.

Here’s how to make the ask:

>> If you are currently in the process of getting funding from your institution, send me a message here so I can reserve a spot for you at the current price! 🔖 <<



Here are questions other researchers often ask before joining the Researchers’ Writing Academy:

+ I’m a researcher in field X, is this course for me?

The Researchers’ Writing Academy is ideal for researchers who write research papers based on data they have gathered (e.g. health, physical, earth, life sciences and psychology). If you are in the humanities or in computer science, this course is not a good fit for you, unfortunately!

If you are still unsure whether or not the RWA would be a good fit for you, just write us using this form and we'll get back to you with an honest answer. We only want you to join when we think you’d benefit from the program.

+ What if I'm too busy right now?

I know that you are probably overworked and busy to the point where you don‘t feel like you have time for professional development, i.e., time to learn new skills. I know it feels counterintuitive but making the time to take the Journal Publication Formula now will FAST-TRACK you -- meaning that once you're done, you will have fewer items on your to-do list and actually accomplish your publishing goals as a researcher.

If you feel really busy right now, I think it‘s important to grant yourself a moment of reflection: What are the things required for you to progress in your career? And: Which things are important to you in your career? If your answers to these questions are getting papers published in a consistent way, or being able to mentor your students through the writing process, or perhaps even enjoying the time you spend writing, then I wholeheartedly believe that joining Researchers‘ Writing Academy will be the best decision for you.

In terms of the time investment needed, there are 9 hours of core video content. I made sure that the course has absolutely no fluff, we always get straight to the point of how you can apply the exact techniques and concepts to write your paper clearly, concisely and efficiently.

If you are worried that engaging with the program will fall to the bottom of your to-do list, reach out to us as soon as you enrol. We have an Accountability Club inside the RWA, and we will tag you in our threads every Sunday encouraging you to make a plan of when you want to watch the lessons. You can also use our Co-Writing Sessions (happening several times a week) not only for writing but also for watching the course lessons. We will be there to support you!

+ Will the program help me with writing proposals, review paper or a thesis?

We laser focus on original research papers in the program. We go into the nitty-gritty, every step that is part of writing a research paper. That being said, the underlying principles you will be learning, such as the Scientific Storytelling Framework, the Flow Formula and the 5 Foundations of Clear and Concise Writing, will be applicable to proposals, review paper and thesis writing. Just be aware that we don‘t provide feedback on anything other than original research articles inside the Researchers' Writing Academy.

+ How long will I have access to the program for?

You will have 12 months access from the day you enrol. If you feel like you want the course or our supportive community around for longer, you will be able to extend your access on a month-by-month basis after the 1st full year.

+ Is this a live program?

It's a hybrid -- think "flipped classroom" model! The course lessons are pre-recorded videos which means you can watch them on your own schedule and as often as you like. We additionally offer live calls (e.g., group coaching calls and co-writing sessions), where we help you implement what you learned in the video lessons or support you with getting your writing done.

+ How do the group coaching calls work?

As a member, you can submit a question or a part of your paper for review for each group coaching call. On the call, you will get feedback from one of our writing coaches and will be able to discuss it live. Even if you don't have something to submit, these calls are great to see how the Journal Publication Formula can be applied to different research studies. It's SO useful to see even if it's not your field! Plus, meeting the other members and seeing the progress they're making on their papers is always inspiring and motivating. 💃

+ Which career stage is the program most suitable for?

The Researchers' Writing Academy is great for researchers at all stages. We currently have Assistant Professors, PhD students, Postdocs, Professors and also a few undergraduate students in the program.

+ What if I can’t afford the course?

If you cannot afford the full price of the course ($997 USD), I have fantastic news for you: There is a payment plan option (12x $87 USD), which means you only have to pay $87 per month for 12 consecutive months.

Also: You may not need to pay for this program out of your own (personal) pocket. If you have a research grant, please check whether it would be allowed to allocate some of the funding to this course as professional development.

Your department, institution or research group may also have funds for you to pay for the course. Here's a blog post I wrote on how you can go about securing university funds for your professional development (including a pitch template).

+ Can I buy a licence for my research group?

Yes! We offer a 30% discount if you want to enrol 6 or more researchers at once. Please submit this form and we‘ll issue an invoice for you right away.

+ Are institutional licences available?

Yes, we're so glad you asked! You can get access to the Researchers' Writing Academy for your whole campus, faculty, graduate school, department or institution. Please submit an inquiry here and we will get back to you via email.

+ What’s included in the Researchers’ Writing Academy?

+ Do I have to enrol now?

If you want to get access to our webinar bonus, the Submitted-in-8-Weeks Trello board, then you have to enrol now because it expires in just 2 days! If you know that you want to join the Researchers' Writing Acacdemy, then now is the best time to hop onboard.

The longer you wait, the more you are delaying being in a position where you can:

Still got A question? Get in touch.



Do you want your whole research group, department or campus get access to our scientific writing program — the Researchers’ Writing Academy? We are so glad you asked.

We offer group discounts for smaller groups and institutional licences:

Small Group Discount:

Get a 30% discount off the current price for groups of 6 or more researchers., how can i book the course with group discount.

Submit your inquiry here .

You’ll receive an invoice from us (typically within 48h, Mo-Fr).

Your group of researchers gets access to the Researchers’ Writing Academy starting at your preferred date after payment is complete.

Institutional Licence:

Get access to this academic writing program for all faculty members, postdocs or graduate students for $25k usd/year*., how can i book the institutional licence for my campus.

Submit your inquiry here.

We’ll get back to you to discuss all details (typically within 48h, Mo-Fr).

Your institution gets access to the Researchers’ Writing Academy starting at your preferred date or after payment is complete.

Our Scientific writing course — The Researchers’ Writing Academy — is right for you if you want to… 

🚀 Lay the foundation for a long and fruitful career in academia

🚀 Get recognition for the science you’re doing and make an impact in your research field

🚀 Have more time to actually do science 

🚀 Make writing enjoyable (yes, that IS possible for you too!)

Choose your payment option to join this scientific writing course and get proper academic writing training!

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12 X $87 USD

Exclusive access to the Researchers’ Writing Community hosted on Circle

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Want to learn more?

I made this video to answer your questions about how to get published in high-ranking journals without lacking structure in the writing process. You’ll understand how to avoid the three top mistakes researchers make when writing scientific papers that get them stuck in procrastination and desk-rejection territory.

 *The coaching calls will be recorded and available to all participants of the course for 12 months from the date the call took place.

Testimonials. I present real world experiences, testimonials and insights about other people’s experiences with my programs and services for purpose of illustration only. The testimonials, examples, and photos used are of actual clients and results they personally achieved. They are not intended to represent or guarantee that current or future clients will achieve the same or similar results; rather, these testimonials represent what is possible for illustrative purposes only.

Science Writing I

Quarters Offered:   WINTER (Online); SUMMER (Online) Prerequisite:   Mastery of written English, some experience in writing and general knowledge of science are strongly encouraged. Questions:  Contact the academic department at [email protected] .

Note:   Meeting times in the schedule below are listed in Pacific Time.

Course Number:  WCWP-40105 Credit:  3.00 unit(s) Related Certificate Programs:   Science Communication

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Online Asynchronous. This course is entirely web-based and to be completed asynchronously between the published course start and end dates. Synchronous attendance is NOT required. You will have access to your online course on the published start date OR 1 business day after your enrollment is confirmed if you enroll on or after the published start date.

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Heather Buschman, PhD, teaches Science Writing I for the Science Communication  certificate program, and she is currently the director of scientific communications and media relations at the Salk Institute. She earned her graduate degree in molecular pathology at UC San Diego and has managed communications for several other research institutions, including Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute and UC San Diego. She has served on the board of the San Diego Science Writers Association and has won a number of awards for her work, including an Association of American Medical Colleges Gold Award for Excellence, Health Care Communicators Finest Awards, Content Marketing Institute Gold Award, and PR Daily’s Nonprofit PR Award.

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