Course code VET403

VET403 Scientific publication

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Showing course contents for the educational year 2020 - 2021 .

Course responsible: Lucy Jane Robertson
Teachers: Ane Christine Wammer Nødtvedt
ECTS credits: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Max. number of students: 20
Teaching exam periods:

Usually spring week 12: this can be adjusted according to requirements.

Monday-Thursday as one extra day scheduled together with students the following weeks.

Course frequency: Spring
First time: Study year 2016-2017
Preferential right:
Course contents:

The course will not be offered in spring 2021, and will take place in autumn 2021 or spring 2022 at the earliest

The workshop will go over 3 days that are separated from each other in time, the first two days will require some homework alone between the two days, and will preferably be before the students are in the midst of writing their own articles.

The final day will be directed towards looking at problems and challenges in documents that they have now already started writing or have planned to start writing soon.

The language of the workshop will be predominantly English, as this is the language in which most scientific literature that is relevant to us is written.


The students will be provided with a couple of published articles and be expected to have read them prior to the workshop.



- Introductory round: students to give a brief overview of themselves, their projects, their short-term writing ambitions, any experience of writing

- Presentation-1 from LR "publish or perish"

- Analysis and discussion of articles distributed earlier in the week: what was good, what was less good.

- Exercise among students

- Presentation-2 from LR (some writing tips / ideas)

- Description of what should be completed before the next workshop day


Reporting guidelines (CONSORT, etc.) presentation by Ane Nødtvedt.

HOMEWORK - 1 day

- Identify and analyse article in your research field.

- Identify reporting guidelines relevant to your field and the above-mentioned article. Consider article from the perspective of reporting guidelines.

- Article must be shared with the group prior to day-2 of the workshop, together with short text summarizing the evaluation (1-2 pages).


- Presentations from each of the students based on the homework

- Discussion based on presentations

- Exercises based on presentations

- Feedback from instructor/fellow students on written evaluation of article

HOMEWORK - 2/3 days

- Provide some self-written text to LR at least 5 days prior to day-3 of workshop (preferably not a complete article, but a work in progress)

- Texts distributed to all students. Work in pairs/groups on feedback.

DAY 3 OF WORKSHOP (some weeks/months later)

- Work on texts provided - both group and individual feedback

- Challenges

- Ease / difficulty

- Summing up, taking home messages.

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

  • Identify the category of their study (e.g., case control, survey, experimental etc.) and be able to use the correct guidelines for reporting
  • Follow the Vancouver recommendations for authorship
  • Identify appropriate scientific journals for submission of their own manuscripts
  • 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 workshop should be held as a round-table event, not in an auditorium.

There will be a couple of short, more-formal lecturesLargely there will be discussion, exercises, analysis, informal presentations by the students, group work on own manuscriptsHomework will include analysis and evaluation of publications (provided and chosen by the students themselves), as well as own writing
Teaching support:

The main support tool is that the students will have the opportunity for one-on-one discussion regarding their own manuscripts, both during the course and afterwards.

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

Articles provided in advance of the course and identified by the students themselves
General knowledge - there are no special requirements. The course is 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.
  • Presentations of article analysis
  • Own manuscript writing
Nominal workload:
30 hours
Entrance requirements:

Open to Ph.D students and research-year students at NMBU - Campus Adamstuen. 

Other students can participate if there is room, after application through the study department

Type of course:

Lectures and discussion will be around three days (from 10 am until 15 pm - with an hour for lunch)

Discussion around own manuscripts will be done in pairs (two students together) - and will be approximately one half day for two students.

Work at home will be in addition

The course will not be offered in spring 2021, and will take place in autumn 2021 or spring 2022 at the earliest
No external sensor
Examination details: Oral presentation: