Manuscript Writing Seminar For Non-Native English Speakers

Publishing is vital for science and career advancement. To be most successful at publishing your work, it is essential that your research is not only of high quality, but also that it is presented in a clear and concise manner.This can be especially difficult for non-native English speakers. 

Poorly written manuscripts result in:

Editors missing the main points and declining to review it

Reviewers becoming frustrated and giving more negative reviews

Reviewers requesting additional experiments

Submission-to-publication time becoming extremely long

As part of its policy of promoting scientific education, BGI is offering a two-day manuscript-writing seminar, which presents a straightforward 8-step guide for taking your research from experiments to a well-written, complete manuscript.

This seminar presents a step-by-step approach that shows you how to create a logical structure to describe your research, fit that structure into standard publishing formats, and finally edit your manuscript at a section, paragraph, and sentence level. The course also provides specific pointers on common problems for non-native English speakers, especially those specific to Chinese researchers. Also included is a guide for writing cover letters, how to include information to increase an editor’s interest, how the publishing and reviewing process works, as well as tips for journal selection and interacting with editors.

Designed by Dr. Laurie Goodman - a 20-year veteran in scientific publishing - this writing method is used by BGI for manuscripts submitted to top-tier journals.

Seminar Dates: November 19-20, 2013

Location: BGI, Shenzhen

Space is limited to 30 people, so register early

Seminar Price: 2,000 RMB

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Seminar Program:

Day 1: Manuscript Preparation and Writing

· Introduction to course principles

· Goals for scientific communication

· Philosophy: just write; add details and edit after

· Envisioning a manuscript in a geometric format

· Learning the 8 steps to build a manuscript

· Folding the paper geometry into standard journal format

· Practical Principles: Write it — don’t edit it

· Write the abstract FIRST

· Writing the Introduction

· Writing the Results

· Writing the Discussion

· Writing the Methods

· Write the abstract LAST

Day 2: Manuscript Editing and Manuscript Submission

· Introduction to editing

· Outlining the manuscript AFTER it is written

· Editing sections, paragraphs, sentences, and words

· Words and phrases to avoid

· Common problems for non-native English speakers

· Writing a compelling cover-letter

· Selecting the right journal

· Understanding the Editorial and Review Process

· Interacting with editors and reviewers

· Plagiarism, data ‘beautification’, and other ethical considerations 

Individual 2-Hour Manuscript Consultation with Dr. Goodman Available on Day 3 for additional cost.

Space extremely limited (4-5 openings)

About the Instructor

Laurie Goodman, PhD, is the Editor-in-Chief for the international open-access journal GigaScience, co-published by BGI and BioMed Central. She has been in the scientific publishing field for nearly 20 years. Dr. Goodman started her career in publishing as the Assistant Editor of Nature Genetics in 1995, and then became the Executive Editor of Genome Research for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press in 1997. She has extensive experience in writing, serving as the News Writer and Editor for the Journal of Clinical Investigation in 2004, and as the owner of the USA-based company Goodman Writing & Editing, which provides high-level editing of scientific manuscripts and grants, with a specialty in editing manuscripts from non-native English speakers. Dr. Goodman received a BS and MS from Stanford University in 1986, and a PhD from the University of Chicago in 1991. During her graduate work, she published a novel, A Spell of Deceit, with Del Rey Books. Dr. Goodman devised and has been teaching her 8-step manuscript writing program since 2006.

This seminar will be available again in the Spring of 2014. If you would like updates on this and other BGI events, please send your contact information to, and use the subject heading “Request for BGI-Events information”. 

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