A. Course Description:
Scientific writing is the reporting of original research or scientific work in standard format. Specific format depends on the publication style (e.g. forms of reference citations, use of abbreviation, etc.) where the work is intended to be published. It is essential that you find out and follow at least the basic format of a scientific article so that experts will accommodate review of the manuscript or article.

This scientific manuscript writing course is designed to help researchers and health professionals prepare and/or improve a manuscript to publish and disseminate findings to contribute to body of knowledge on key procedures, best practices, cure, and solutions to problems at all angles and aspects of health.

B. Expected Output
The expected output of this training is a scientific manuscript / article ready for submission to journals.

C. Course Length:
The training will be conducted for five days
Day 1. Registration, introduction of participants and mentors, pre-training orientation, course overview, purpose of scientific writing, writing of introduction and materials and methods
Day 2. Start of practicum; manuscript writing and mentoring; lectures on writing of results
Day 3. Writing Sessions (review and revisions of introduction and methods); lectures in writing the discussions and the proper way of citation and formatting references
Day 4. Lectures on authorship, title, acknowledgment, and writing abstract; post manuscript writing consideration; submission of the article and editorial reviews; practicum and mentoring in writing the conclusion, abstract, and acknowledgment sections
Day 5. -Peer Review sessions; submission of finished products (manuscript / article); feedback and evaluation; and closing ceremony.

D. Intended Audience:
The training is intended to train junior staff of research that is in the final phase of their research work, i.e. at the least in the data analysis part or developing a manuscript for publication.

E. Language of the Course:
The course will be conducted using the English language.

F. Course Requirement:
The participant should have something to process, which means that the participant should bring completed research or project report (including the research’s raw data) from which the manuscript will be based or a ready draft for review, evaluation, and mentoring to improve manuscript.

G. Training Methodology:
Practicum (Mentoring and Writing Sessions)

H. Training Content:
Module 1: Purpose of Scientific Manuscripts
Module 2: Introduction and Methods (IMRAD)
Module 3: Results
Module 4: Writing Discussion
Module 5: Writing the Conclusion and Abstract; determining Authorship,
Acknowledgement, and Title
Module 6: Process of Submission for Publication – Selecting a journal and the editorial
review process

I. Training Assessment:
The mentors will assess whether the participants output “passed or failed” the training exercise based on the submitted manuscript. A manuscript will be graded “passed” when its contents and format is ready for journal submission.

J. Training Evaluation:
1. Participants Evaluation of the training (Lift a training evaluation for, i.e. from post grad and include here)
The participants will be asked to evaluate three main aspects of the training workshop, namely,

a. Workshop’s objectives based on clarity;
b. Content/topic of the training workshop; and
c. Overall assessment of the workshop.

2. Trainers Evaluation- conduct follow up of trainees to validate journal submissions, and percentage of article acceptance (which will depend on the quality of the project and the report prepared out of it).

K. Certificates of Training:
Certificate of attendance will be awarded to participants who have completed the five-day training and a certificate of completion after passing all course requirements.

L. Expected Outcomes:
Follow up of trainees that continue to write and submit articles. Web review of authorship of trainees in various journals three months after the workshop.


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