Mapping the Storyline in Natural Sciences



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With increasing pressure to publish, a growing number of junior researchers have committed themselves to publishing before graduation and undertaken the challenge of writing an article-compilation PhD thesis. When asked, scientists generally point to the Introduction and Discussion sections of research articles as being the most difficult to craft. Indeed, these sections are the most scrutinized by journal reviewers. More importantly, however, throughout the paper, the reader seeks a logical flow of information connecting the research focus and main conclusion.

This workshop focuses on the structure of research articles which strongly scaffolds each manuscript section. It equally discusses further essential elements of the scientific narrative, such as establishing the context of one’s research and joining the scientific conversation. In drafting sessions, participants create models based on the Introduction and/or Discussion sections of a journal article which they select prior to the workshop. Participants then use these models to design and formulate sections of their own scientific argument which is subsequently tested in a personal exchange belonging to collaborative writing.

Themes and activities will include:

  • submitting a draft for peer and trainer feedback
  • selecting a sample research article to model the Introduction and/or Discussion
  • exploring the standard structure and further ingredients of the scientific narrative
  • building on literature to define context, discourse, and stance
  • drafting mini-sections of the scientific narrative
  • testing the scientific argument (personal exchange in collaborative writing)
  • theme-focused peer and trainer feedback (on drafts submitted prior to workshop)
  • bringing together essential elements of the scientific narrative

After the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • reproduce the macro level of the scientific narrative
  • select literature which situates their work
  • understand reader expectations with regard to relevance
  • anticipate journal expectations with regard to cohesion
  • value collaboration with academics readers and language professionals

Note for participants
Prior to the workshop, you will receive a “Call for Texts” requesting you to submit a draft based on your current research. This writing sample will provide the basis for peer and trainer feedback during the workshop. Simultaneously, you will be invited to select a research article which you will use during the workshop to design your model for the Introduction and/or Discussion section.

Requirement concerning English language skills
To benefit from this workshop, participants should have achieved the English levels B2 to C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The CEFR self-assessment grid may be found here


Prof. Monique Dorang, PhD, Trainer and Consultant for Academic Writing and Publishing


Prof. Monique Dorang, PhD
Trainer and Consultant for Academic Writing and Publishing

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