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This course describes the different steps required to produce a scientific or technical project publication, from development to dissemination of the final document. It also explains principles for writing, structuring the text and creating illustrations, and provides guidance on distribution channels and promotion methods.

The course is targeted to scientists from research and development institutions or universities. It mainly concerns researchers engaged in agricultural research and rural development.

  • Different types of scientific and technical publications
  • Selection criteria for choosing of scientific and technical information
  • The basics of scientific and technical writing
  • Publishing process step-by-step
  • Methods, channels and legal aspects for dissemination and promotion of scientific publications

The course consists of 20 lessons, ranging from approximately 20 to 180 minutes duration each, grouped into six units:

Unit 1 - Preparing a publication project
  • Lesson 1.1 - Why publish?
  • Lesson 1.2 - Choosing a type of publication
  • Lesson 1.3 - Planning a publicaton project

Unit 2 - Using sources of information
  • Lesson 2.1 - Identifying sources of information
  • Lesson 2.2 - Accessing information
  • Lesson 2.3 - Managing your reference list

Unit 3 - Writing to be read and understood
  • Lesson 3.1 - Using a clear and accurate style
  • Lesson 3.2 - Structuring and supporting your argument
  • Lesson 3.3 - Structuring the text
  • Lesson 3.4 - Designing Tables and figures

Unit 4 - Publishing a scientific article
  • Lesson 4.1 - Choosing a journal
  • Lesson 4.2 - Preparing the components of an article
  • Lesson 4.3 - Writing the article
  • Lesson 4.4 - Submitting the article to a journal

Unit 5 - Producing a technical document
  • Lesson 5.1 - Scientific extension documents
  • Lesson 5.2 - Preparing a data sheet
  • Lesson 5.3 - Preparing a technical manual
  • Lesson 5.4 - Designing a poster

Unit 6 - Promoting your publication
  • Lesson 6.1 - Disseminating your publication
  • Lesson 6.2 - Communicating about your publication

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    • Partners

      CIRAD - Agricultural Research for Development International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications (INASP) Information Management Resource Kit