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What you will achieve: In this project-based course, you will outline a complete scientific paper, choose an appropriate journal to which you'll submit the finished paper for publication, and prepare a checklist that will allow you to independently judge whether your paper is ready to submit. What you'll need to get started: This course is designed for students who have previous experience with academic research - you should be eager to adapt our writing and publishing advice to an existing personal project. If you just finished your graduate dissertation, just began your PhD, or are at a different stage of your academic journey or career and just want to publish your work, this course is for you. *About Project-Centered Courses: Project-Centered Courses are designed to help you complete a personally meaningful real-world project, with your instructor and a community of learners with similar goals providing guidance and suggestions along the way. By actively applying new concepts as you learn, you’ll master the course content more efficiently; you’ll also get a head start on using the skills you gain to make positive changes in your life and career. When you complete the course, you’ll have a finished project that you’ll be proud to use and share....
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Suggested: 7-10 hours of study, 10 hours of active project work

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Subtitles: English, Portuguese (Brazilian)
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Suggested: 7-10 hours of study, 10 hours of active project work

Approx. 11 hours to complete
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English

Subtitles: English, Portuguese (Brazilian)

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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2 hours to complete

Understanding academia

In this section of the MOOC, you will learn what is necessary before writing a paper: the context in which the scientist is publishing. You will learn how to know your own community, through different exemples, and then we will present you how scientific journal and publication works. We will finish with a couple of ethical values that the academic world is sharing!...
Reading
8 videos (Total 29 min), 4 readings, 5 quizzes
Video8 videos
Let me walk you through the course3m
French version of the classm
Why is publishing important?3m
"KYC": Know Your Community4m
How journals work: the review process4m
Presentation of scientific journals4m
Ethical Guidelines5m
Reading4 readings
Teaching team10m
Breakthroughs!10m
Additional contents10m
Examples of guidelines10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
Why is publishing important?2m
Know your community6m
How journals work: the review process8m
Communication with the editorial board2m
Ethical Guidelines and intellectual property8m

2

Section
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1 hour to complete

Before writing: delimiting your scientific paper

A good paper do not loose focus throughout the entirety of its form. As such, we are going to give you a more detailed view on how to delimit your paper. We are going to lead you through your paper by taking a closer look at the paper definition which will ensure you don't loose focus. Then we will explain why the literature review is important and how to actually do it. And then we will guide you with advices as to how to find the so-what of your paper! This is important as research is all about so-what!...
Reading
6 videos (Total 26 min), 1 reading, 5 quizzes
Video6 videos
How to: the literature review 1/2: find a good literature review3m
How to: the literature review 2/2: construction of your own literature review6m
How to: the research design3m
How to: the gap4m
Presentation of Zotero: aggregate references4m
Reading1 reading
Books and tools10m
Quiz5 practice exercises
So, what?2m
Literature Review6m
Think about it2m
Main ideas4m
The Gap?4m

3

Section
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3 hours to complete

Writing the paper: things you need to know

In this part of the MOOC, you will learn how to write your paper. In a first part, we will focus on the structure of the paper, and then you will be able to see how to use bibliographical tools such as zotero. Finally you will be required to write your own abstract and to do a peer review for the abstract of the others, as in real academic life!...
Reading
5 videos (Total 27 min), 2 readings, 3 quizzes
Video5 videos
On writing an academic paper, preliminary tips6m
How to: the bibliography3m
The abstract6m
Zotero: online features3m
Reading2 readings
Important readings before writing a paper10m
More detailed information on how to write your article10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
The bibliography2m
Please, try by yourself2m

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3 hours to complete

After the writing: the check list

After writing the paper comes the time of reading your paper a few times in order to get everything perfect.In this section you will learn how to remove a lot of mistakes you might have been writing. In the end, you will have to build your own checklist corresponding to your own problems you want to avoid. After this, your article can be submitted and will hopefully be accepted!!...
Reading
5 videos (Total 36 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video5 videos
The main mistakes to look for: format3m
1. The researcher9m
2. The editor13m
Constructing your checklist4m
Reading3 readings
Avoiding mistakes10m
Format and Writing Readings10m
Tips10m

Instructor

Mathis Plapp

Assistant Professor
Physics Department

About École Polytechnique

L’École polytechnique associe recherche, enseignement et innovation au meilleur niveau scientifique et technologique mondial pour répondre aux défis du XXIe siècle. En tête des écoles d’ingénieur françaises depuis plus de 200 ans, sa formation promeut une culture d’excellence scientifique pluridisciplinaire, ouverte dans une forte tradition humaniste. ...

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