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Publishing mental health research

Course description

Language of instruction

English

Course content

The course deals with various issues and covers the following topics:

Structure of the manuscript, different methods of writing the manuscript, manuscript eye catchers, key parts of the manuscript, language, style, tables and figures, selecting the right journal for submission, impact factors.

Learning outcomes

Upon completing this course the candidate should have:

Knowledge regarding

  • How a scientific manuscript is structured
  • Know how to write a scientific manuscript
  • Know about factors that are likely to influence the chances of having a manuscript published.

Skills

  • Be able to perform the necessary literature search in order to write an introduction and background for a manuscript
  • Be able to present methods and results, and adequatly discuss the findings in a manner that is according to the editors preferences.

General competence

  • Be able to write good manuscripts
  • Make smart decisions about where to send manuscripts for publication in the field of mental health research.

Study period

Autumn and spring (two consecutive semesters). The course is made up of four study sessions over the two semesters:

7- 8 oktober,Bergen

09-10- desember 2019, Bergen

17 - 18   februar 2020, Bergen

20-21 april 2020, Bergen

Credits (ECTS)

4 ECTS

Based upon 56 hours of courses and 50 hours of pre/post course preparation.

Specific terms

Course registration and deadlines

Deadline for registration: 1st of August

Recommended previous knowledge

Medical or health related educational background or PhD project related to medical / health related research and prior experience with academic writing.

Part of training component

Yes

Form of assessment

Partipation at all four study session

Course overlap

MEDARTVIT, 1 stp

MEDFORM, 1 stp

Who may participate

Masters degree or equivalent education level is required, with the exception of students on the Medical Student Research Program. All students must be admitted to a PhD program at the University of Bergen or University of Stavanger in medicine, psychology or related fields.

Addtional information

Programme

The course will consist of four gatherings over the course of 12 months, each gathering lasting two days.

All participants submit a draft (manuscript/protocol) no less than four weeks prior to the course.

The draft manuscripts/protocols will be circulated amongst all participants no less than three weeks prior to the workshop (notice: full confidentiality regarding the circulated material is required)

All participants must read all papers prior to the workshops.

The focus in the workshops will be on developing the participants¿ draft English language manuscripts. The stage of the draft manuscript/protocol may range from 1st to n version (already published manuscripts may not be used in this course).

The draft manuscripts will receive systematic input from the course leaders, and will be discussed in the group in relation to the theoretical lectures on scientific writing.

Based on the input provided, all manuscripts are rewritten and gradually improved until the manuscript is of acceptable quality to be released for submission.

Contact

Professor Ketil J. Oedegaard

Administrative matters

Kjetil Utvik Harkestad, kjetil.harkestad@uib.no

Academic responsibility

Academic responsibility

Professor emeritus Povl Munk Jørgensen

Professor Ketil J. Oedegaard

Dr. Philos Rolf Gjestad

Lecturers

Professor Povl Munk Jørgensen

Professor Ketil J. Oedegaard

Dr. Philos Rolf Gjestad

Course location

Bergen and Stavanger

Exam information

Study period

Autumn and spring (two consecutive semesters). The course is made up of four study sessions over the two semesters:

7- 8 oktober,Bergen

09-10- desember 2019, Bergen

17 - 18   februar 2020, Bergen

20-21 april 2020, Bergen