Course code VET403

VET403 Scientific publication

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Course responsible: Lucy Jane Robertson
Teachers: Sabrina Rodriguez Campos, Ida Beitnes Johansen
ECTS credits: 2
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Max. number of students: 15
Teaching exam periods:
Spring 2023: Week 7
Course frequency: Spring - once per year
First time: Study year 2022-2023
Preferential right:
Course contents:

Why and how do we write scientific articles?

Are there any basic rules to follow?

Which journal should I choose and why? 

I know there are reporting guidelines, but which one is right for me?

Who should be a co-author of my article, and how can I avoid problems with this?

I have received negative feedback on an article I submitted for evaluation - how do I proceed?

These - and several other issues - related to scientific publishing will be discussed during VET403.

Learning outcome:

The intentions are that by the end of the course, the students will be able to:

Primary objective

  • Produce a first draft of a scientific manuscript for sharing with colleagues

Secondary objectives

  • Follow the Vancouver recommendations for authorship
  • Identify appropriate scientific journals for submission of their own manuscripts
  • Identify the category of their study (e.g., case control, survey, experimental etc.) and be able to use the correct guidelines for reporting
  • Analyse and assess published scientific literature, and use this approach as a basis for evaluating their own manuscripts during the drafting process
Learning activities:

The activities shall be primarily based upon:

1) Moderated discussion

2) Group work

3) Critical reading of scientific articles and other text

4) Presentation of scientific articles

5) Writing of scientific text

Teaching support:

The main support tool is that the students will have the opportunity for  discussion in small groups around publication of scientific articles, particularly regarding their own manuscripts.

Relevant tips and info will be provided, shared, and discussed, as well as ethical considerations.

Relevant articles identified by the students themselvesPublication guidelines (e.g., CONSORT, STARD, STROBE etc.)
General knowledge - there are no special requirements. The course will be primarily targeted toward students (PhD, Masters, Research-line) who have begun to write manuscript(s) or will soon begin.
Recommended prerequisites:
No particular subjects recommended. The students should be actively involved in a research project.
Mandatory activity:
Attendance is compulsory. An attendence record of at least 75% is required to pass the course.
  • Presentation of a self-chosen article
  • Objective assessment of scientific articles
  • Own manuscript writing
Nominal workload:
50-55 hours (one full week, plus one day preparation beforehand, some homework)
Entrance requirements:
The course is primarily intended for Ph.D students with projects associated with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, NMBU
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:

Pre-course activities (week 11)

Monday: plenary all day

Tuesday a.m.: plenary

Tuesday p.m.: self study

Wednesday a.m.: structured group work with supervision

Wednesday p.m.: plenary discussion

Thursday all day.: self study

Friday a.m.: structured group work with supervision

Friday p.m.: plenary discussion

Detailed timetable is provided on Canvas

The course will take place in spring 2022 at the earliest
No external sensor
Examination details: Oral presentation: Passed / Not Passed