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Introduction to Scientific Writing for Researchers

This interactive course enables you to become a more effective writer, using practical examples and exercises. Join expert Rick Scavetta for this introduction to Scientific Writing for researchers and learn how to structure a flowing narrative with a clear message.

Learn the fundamental principles of good scientific writing in English

Do you struggle to write a paper that is concise, clear, and communicates the results of your scientific findings? Writing a research paper is difficult on many levels. If this sounds familiar, this is the class for you.

Scientific Writing is a hands-on course that teaches you to write a structured and coherent academic paper in appropriate English. Join in for numerous writing examples, relevant exercises, class discussions and 1:1 mentoring to improve your written communication.

All online workshops will be available soon for academic research institutes, businesses and individuals.

Scientific Writing in English – What you'll learn

By the end of the Scientific Writing course , you’ll understand:

  • The fundamental principles of good scientific communication at the level of word choice, sentences and paragraphs
  • How to structure a flowing narrative that communicates a clear message to your audience

And you’ll be able to:

  • Write a clear and concise paper that links each section into a cohesive, well-structured, whole
  • Develop good sentence and paragraph structure that clearly and effectively communicates the message of your research
  • Identify and correct the most common stylistic errors

This introduction to Scientific Writing is for you, because:

  • You are a research scientist and would like to practice and improve your science writing skills
  • You are at a stage in your research in which you prepare a manuscript for publication

Note: This workshop does not explicitly cover proposals, grant applications, theses, and posters.

Preparation Scientific Writing course and follow up


  • Please prepare a writing sample (e.g. an abstract) for this workshop with a maximum length of 1-page, approximately 250-word.
  • Please use double-spaced text and don’t forget to include your name and a title.
    Your writing sample can be based on a manuscript you are currently writing, a conference abstract, a description of your research so far, or your project proposal.
  • If you’re submitting a manuscript abstract, mention your target journal(s). Otherwise, mention which type of text you’ve prepared.
  • We may use the writing sample in some exercises or share it with a partner. So please don’t include any sensitive material you don’t want to share.

Recommended follow-up

  • Data Visualization with R
  • Statistical Literacy

Meet your instructor
Rick Scavetta

“We believe in informed decision making, that’s why we help researchers master data literacy”

Rick Scavetta has worked as an independent workshop trainer, freelance data scientist and co-founder since 2012. Operating as Scavetta Academy, Rick has a close and recurring presence at primary research institutes all over Germany, including many Max Planck Institutes and Excellence Clusters, including primatology, earth sciences, marine biology, molecular genetics, and behavioral psychology. His online courses at DataCamp have been taken by over 200,000 students since 2016 and he’s also contributed to advanced data science courses for O’Reilly and Manning.

Scientific Writing
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Flexible Online Course Packages for Scientific Writing

Pay for only what you need or choose a customized offer for your organization.


Get access to all online course materials and learn at your own pace.

Per course licence
  • Acces to all online content
  • Books, video lessons and quizzes
  • Individual learning
  • Self-taught
  • Access to all future updates


Join our group e-learning sessions and get 1-on-1 time with your instructor.

Per course licence
  • Acces to all online content
  • Books, video lessons and quizzes
  • Open class, limited participants
  • Self-taught and 1-on-1 lesson
  • Live 1-on-1 Zoom Meetings
  • Exclusive training content
  • Access to members area
  • Access to all future updates

Multiple Seats

Buy multiple seats for your organisation. Participants learn in exclusive workshops.

Request customized offer for your individual group
Exclusive class licence
  • Acces to all online content
  • Books, video lessons and quizzes
  • Exclusive class
  • Maximum 12 participants
  • Self-taught and 1-on-1 lessons
  • Live 1-on-1 Zoom Meetings
  • Exclusive training content
  • Access to members area
  • Access to all future updates

On-demand training at your location

Invite the instructors of Scavetta Academy on-site for a customized course or workshop.
Scientific Writing will be dedicated to the individual needs of your institute or company.

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Inspiration for our artwork

The drawings used throughout our website come from Ernst Haeckel’s Kunstformen der Natur, published between 1899 and 1904.

As an accomplished German naturalist and artist, Haeckel was already familiar to Rick Scavetta from his studies in Evolutionary Biology. When developing the company’s visual identity, Rick was drawn to these images for a number of reasons.

Kunstformen der Natur is one of the most influential works bridging the gap between science and art. This is reflected in the marriage of the hard and soft skills in every workshop, such as the presentation of difficult technical material in the Presentation Skills workshop. 

All our courses are soon available online

Join or buy course licenses

All courses will be soon available online for academic research institutes, enterprise clients and individuals. To join or buy course licenses, please fill out the form.

We will get back to you as quickly as possible and let you know when new seats in our courses become available.