Download resources developed by OCPD
- Abstract and Title: handout, annotated samples
- Introduction: handout, annotated intro 1, annotated intro 2
- Materials and Methods: handout, annotated methods 1, annotated methods 2
- Results: handout, annotated results 1, annotated results 2
- Discussion: handout, annotated discussion 1
- Figures, Tables and Legends: handout
Other Online Resources
- "How to Write a Paper in Scientific Journal Style And Format," a multi-page website designed by Greg Anderson at Bates College, provides guidelines for each section of a scientific paper, as well as suggestions on how to give effective feedback and how to revise the paper.
- "The Science of Science Writing," a fascinating multi-page article on improving scientific writing by George Gopen & Judith Swan (published in American Scientist)
- Communicating with Journal Editors This website features tips and sample correspondence letters; resource created by Vivian Siegel, former editor of Cell and PLOS Biology.
Take a course at UCSF
- Writing Predoctoral Fellowships (for first year graduate students). Course Director: Professor Zev Gartner. Offered every Fall by the CCB Graduate Program. Other graduate programs interested in having their students attend this course should contact Julia Molla.
- Scientific Writing is an eight-week course twice a year taught by Pamela Derish, M.A., Publications Manager, Surgery. Faculty, fellows, and residents in the Department of Surgery have priority, but depending on space availability, researchers outside Surgery may also attend. Contact Pamela Derish for more information.
- Grant Writing Workshop on Mentored Career Development Awards is directed by Tom Mitchell, MPH, Program Faculty, School of Medicine, Epidemiology & Biostatistics. Scholars will pace themselves through the grant writing process through a series of five pre-recorded lectures.
Visit the OCPD Resource Library
- Borrow our video on "Publishing your Research," a recording of faculty panelists discussing how to handle the politics of publishing a research paper, including preparing for submission, crafting a strong cover letter, responding to reviewers, deciding when and how to appeal a rejection, interacting with editors, and building relationships with editors. DVD recording of 2012 event available from the Parnassus branch of OCPD's Resource Library.
- Borrow "How to Write, Publish, and Present in the Health Sciences: A Guide for Physicians and Laboratory Researchers," by Tom Lang, from OCPD's Resource Library.
- Borrow Successful Scientific Writing: A Step-By-step Guide for the Biological and Medical Sciences by Matthews from OCPD's Resource Library.
- OCPD's Resource Library contains many other books on writing that may be of interest.