Writing a Research Paper in 12 weeks or less

Writing a research paper in 12 weeks or less

Guidance and peer support for intensive writing


Writing a scientific article is a systematic process that can be learned and improved with guidance and training. The course provides hands-on training, applicable to quantitative scientific papers.

Participants are expected to bring the analyses of their own data. They will receive guidance on how to develop each manuscript section (e.g., Methods, Results, etc.), and how to avoid or correct common mistakes and pitfalls of scientific writing. Students also get hands-on training in the peer-review process.

The course meets mostly every two weeks (according to schedule) and is composed of seven structured meetings, including peer feedback and editing suggestions. Participants are expected to complete their writing assignments on their own and submit their work for peer review ahead of time.

Learning Goals

Upon successful completion of the course, participants will have

  • completed an almost final draft of a manuscript to be submitted for publication
  • learned a systematic process for writing a scientific article


Prof. Dr. Maria C. Katapodi, Professor, Department of Clinical Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of Basel
Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Nursing

Alexandra Kulinkina, PhD, MS, Project Leader Swiss TPH
Adjunct Associate Professor, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy


University of Basel PhD students of the Faculty of Medicine and of Swiss TPH.

Students have completed analyses of quantitative data and are preparing a manuscript.

Students are novice writers of scientific papers and are preparing their PhD publication(s).

Group size: maximum 12 participants

Workload and ECTS

~120 participant working hours distributed over 12-14 weeks, 4 ECTS

To obtain ECTS, a Learning Contract is required.

Course Assessment (Pass/Fail) criteria
1. Seminar participation (20%). Participants are expected to attend all sessions and actively participate in the peer-review process. Students may miss only one lecture, with appropriate justification. Please notify Prof. Katapodi in advance.
2. Writing (80%). Participants are expected to submit a “final” draft of their manuscript by 4 June 2024 in order to receive the 4 ECTS for the course.

Minimal Standards

This course is a “Transferable Skills” course in the domain ‘Knowledge & Scientific Competences’.


Fall semester 2024

dates tba

Time: 9:00-12:00


Online via Zoom


Registration is now closed. The next course is planned in fall 2024.