Scientific Literature Reviews

taught by Dr. Allison Kirsop

Course description

All young scientists-in-training, whether MSc, Ph.D., or new postdoctoral researchers will be asked to write a literature review. This workshop gives you the skills to write a comprehensive and informative review by adopting good writing practices.

If you are about to write your first review you will likely be unsure of how to approach this often daunting task.

Good planning is key

I will show you how to break down the literature review into its component parts, how to plan your writing, and how to identify and use relevant literature in your database searches.

You will also learn how to format your bibliography correctly - something that many scientists-in-training are not experienced in. Producing a comprehensive bibliography is a large part of the literature review and a major part of the peer-review process if you are hoping to publish your work.

I look forward to seeing you in the workshop, and please do contact me by email if you have any questions.

- Allison Ross-Kirsop, Ph.D., MRSC

Dr. Allison Kirsop
Dr. Allison Kirsop
Senior Instructor

Dr. Allison Kirsop is a former researcher in chemical biology. She runs her own medical writing business and has over 6 years' experience as editorial manager of a peer-review journal. She currently teaches scientific writing skills at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

So, you benefit from being taught by a professional writer who understands the degree curriculum, the requirements for students' assignments, and the standards and criteria needed to publish in academic journals.

allison@rosswrite.com

Reviews (5)

by Emilie Rissman
I think this short course should be required for PhD students at the beginning of their graduate training. It sets out important writing rules and tactics. I have been doing science writing for too many years to count and I learned a lot!

To the point - to help you plan

by Carmen Riekert
The course provided a brief, yet relevant overview on how to write a review article. It was easy to understand and follow and is a great "tool" to refer back to before starting to write, as it is necessary to refresh your mind from time to time. In my opinion, I would have liked more in-depth information on word choices, punctuation and syntax. Since participating in this course, I've learnt that this is addressed in one of the other writing courses - therefore I encourage participants to apply for more than one of the courses. This specific workshop focused and taught you how to plan before you proceed. I would like to thank Allison for designing this course. It was a very good reminder of what is important and what should be avoided at all costs. I am glad to be informed that the full comprehensive course will include more activities which will ensure that the information will be retained and applied when writing a review article. I understand that each participant's field of research will differ but I believe that applying these skills to a broad general topic will allow for creative thinking and proper planning. Overall I think this is a good course to form a solid foundation for writing a review article and can also be beneficial in the process of writing your research project. I would like to give the course 4/5 on the basis that the Silver Level Workshop includes more in depth information and activities. Thank you!

A wonderful and insightful course

by Alexis Schwulst
The course on "how to write a scientific literature review" was an amazingly helpful and insightful course that was easy to follow and made understanding the reason and relevance of a lit review. The presentations are short enough to keep your attention and easy to follow without losing your attention.
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by Emilie Rissman
I think this short course should be required for PhD students at the beginning of their graduate training. It sets out important writing rules and tactics. I have been doing science writing for too many years to count and I learned a lot!

To the point - to help you plan

by Carmen Riekert
The course provided a brief, yet relevant overview on how to write a review article. It was easy to understand and follow and is a great "tool" to refer back to before starting to write, as it is necessary to refresh your mind from time to time. In my opinion, I would have liked more in-depth information on word choices, punctuation and syntax. Since participating in this course, I've learnt that this is addressed in one of the other writing courses - therefore I encourage participants to apply for more than one of the courses. This specific workshop focused and taught you how to plan before you proceed. I would like to thank Allison for designing this course. It was a very good reminder of what is important and what should be avoided at all costs. I am glad to be informed that the full comprehensive course will include more activities which will ensure that the information will be retained and applied when writing a review article. I understand that each participant's field of research will differ but I believe that applying these skills to a broad general topic will allow for creative thinking and proper planning. Overall I think this is a good course to form a solid foundation for writing a review article and can also be beneficial in the process of writing your research project. I would like to give the course 4/5 on the basis that the Silver Level Workshop includes more in depth information and activities. Thank you!

A wonderful and insightful course

by Alexis Schwulst
The course on "how to write a scientific literature review" was an amazingly helpful and insightful course that was easy to follow and made understanding the reason and relevance of a lit review. The presentations are short enough to keep your attention and easy to follow without losing your attention.

Two Thumbs Up!

by Megan Knuth
I thought the course was very straightforward and helpful. I liked that Allison actually lectured us through the slides rather than the course being structured around independent reading. I enjoyed the exercises provided between material sections because they allowed me to evaluate my own practices. I would recommend this course to other beginners learning to write scientific reviews.

Very helpful- thank you

by Abigail Lighbody
This course was extremely valuable to me when it came to sitting down and writing my literature review assignment. It was really helpful to know where to start and how to achieve it simply and correctly. Thank you!