Manuscript Writing

A Reviewer’s Perspective

Manuscript Writing

A well-recognized intellectual and scientific niche is the first step towards Academic Success. While niche establishment depends on the quality of your research, its recognition is primarily determined by the successful presentation of your findings to the scientific community. Therefore, manuscript writing is a key factor in your academic success. Clear writing is one essential reason that papers are accepted for publication and grants are funded. In this context, communication, defined by the reader’s comprehension of your written message becomes the key to your success.

Dr. Laure Aurelian, who also leads OFDD’s quarterly K-Award workshop, will discuss different strategies to help you develop your own clear way of data presentation. She will explain reviewers’ and readers’ expectations and the most common misconceptions, provide an overview of the strategies to be used in order to write the best manuscript and discuss a pilot program for one-on-one consultation to provide specific help, as needed.

Key messages

  • Understand the power of data presentation and how it is appropriate for you
  • What makes a poor writer? Why you might be your own worst enemy
  • How to say more with less: The power of conciseness
  • How to impress your readers with simple, less pompous writing
  • Clear Writing = Clear Thinking = Clear Writing
  • How Significance, Impact, Innovation are vital concepts in manuscript writing
  • Writing your manuscript; required components
  • Detailed examples will show which revisions you should consider

Who Should Attend:

Assistant Professors, Clinical Assistant Professors, Instructors and Clinical Instructors interested in a career in academic medicine are eligible to apply.

Contact OFDD

For more information on manuscript writing:

The Successful K Award Application: A Reviewers Perspective

The K08 and K23 career development awards support mentored lab-based or patient-oriented research designed to foster the career development of young clinical investigators. They help transition from junior faculty to independent research-based academic positions. In 2013, the K award success rates were 25-35% across all institutes. Funding opportunities are often missed due to poor understanding of what is available and how the award can be secured.

In this workshop, held over two days for two hours each day, Dr. Laure Aurelian discusses the different K award programs, and how to develop the best match for you. 

One-on-one grant mentoring

OFDD’s Senior Advisor for Faculty Development, Dr. Laure Aurelian, offers one-on-one grant mentoring for faculty. Please contact Dr. Laure Aurelian for more information.

Dr. Irving Kessler, who has conducted epidemiology-based studies for many years, is also available to assist faculty members in assuring that their proposals meet the standards of epidemiology in patient selection, study conduct and outcome determination. Please contact Dr. Kessler directly for more information.