Scientific report writing

Scientific reports are generally associated with research. Of the many skills involved in this process (such as planning, experimenting, analysing and reading) writing is often the most overlooked. Yet it is the written report that furnishes the scientist with a means of providing evidence of their work.

Developing the scientific voice

Scientific report writing helps us write scientific reports that communicate well with all audiences, not just peers.

  I thought this was an excellent course. The speaker was very knowledgeable and introduced many new ideas...  Mary B

A practical review of writing for scientists

Scientific reports do differ from business and technical reports. The demands on the writer are different. Scientific report writing will help us

  • understand the report writing process;
  • define the scientific voice and what makes it different
  • write for the specialist and non-specialist reader;
  • have a structured approach that separates planning and writing;
  • write concisely and efficiently in plain English
  • realise that 'right' and 'wrong' are often conventions, and what matters is readability.

  A lot of good writing revision – important for our scientific work.  Adrienne M

Analayse and structure your reports

Text rather than graphics carry scientific argument. For scientists it is essential that the text is unambiguous. Despite our attempts to be objective, using factual, declarative language, our ideas can be misinterpreted. In Scientific report writingwe learn to organise our material and present it with rigour. Powerful techniques enable us to avoid ambiguity. During the course we look at the pre-work supplied, analysing common errors and bad habits. By reveiwing as well as writing, we learn how to look at our work through fresh eyes.

  Look forward to carry forward the momentum and confidence. Should be a must-have course for researchers.  Rebecca M