Title: Biomedical manuscript writing and literature review
Keywords: Research (in general)
Communication (oral, written)
Country: Germany
Institution: Germany - Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Berlin
Course coordinator: Dr. Jonas David Finger
Date start: 2021-06-14
Date end: 2021-06-18
About duration and dates: One week plus three days preparation; Assignments submission two weeks after the course
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health,
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Campus Virchow-Klinikum
Augustenburger Platz 1
13353 Berlin,
ECTS credit points: 2 ECTS credits
SIT: 60 hours SIT
Contact: 30 hours (15 of lectures and 15 tutorials)
Self-study: 30 hours (10 private reading, 20 written assignment)
Language: English
This module aims at training students in scientific writing and biomedical publishing.
At the end of the module the student should be able to:
• demonstrate how to review the literature (how to identify and critically appraise relevant articles)
• demonstrate how to avoid plagiarism
• appropriately summarize, paraphrase and reference research content
Assessment Procedures:
A written narrative literature review for a pre-defined research question: 2,500 words (100%).
In addition, students are required to complete several exercises during the classroom-based activities in order to be allowed to submit the summative assignment.
Each student will receive an individual feedback on the final assignment using the ECTS grading scale: “Very good”, “good”, “satisfactory”, “sufficient” or “not sufficient”.

A web based service will be used to detect plagiarism.

If a student receives a grading “not sufficient”, he/she is allowed to revise the assignment considering most of the comments provided and resubmit the assignment.
The module is designed to equip students with knowledge about the basics of biomedical manuscript writing, to enable them with the practical skills to review the literature and to train them how to avoid scientific misconduct. Students are requested to bring their own research question.
Theoretical part (Day 1-5):
1. Systematic literature review
- Definition of research question/eligibility criteria
- Development of search strategy
- Title/abstract/full text screening
- Data extraction/quality assessment
- Synthesis of results/meta-analysis
2. Scientific misconduct
- Forms of scientific misconduct (fabrication, falsification, plagiarism, …)
- Motivation to commit scientific misconduct
- Responsibility (author, institutions, journals)
3. Scientific writing
- How to avoid plagiarism, fabrication and falsification?
- Paraphrasing, Summarizing, Referencing
- Style
- Good and bad practice examples
4. Critical appraisal
- Guidelines to strengthen the reporting (STROBE, PRISMA, CONSORT, …)
- Checklists for different study designs
5. Biomedical publishing
- Journal landscape and selection
- Publication impact assessment (Impact factors, H-index)
- Authorship
- Submission/review process
The course uses participatory learning based on lectures (15 hrs) and tutorials (15 hrs) as well as self-directed learning (10 hrs reading and 20 hrs writing exercises).
Successful completion of the core course.

English TOEFL test 550 or 213 computer-based or 79/80 internet-based or IELTS band 6.0.
The students are requested to install the reference manager software “Endnote” on their private notebooks and to watch the “Pubmed” and “Mesh terms” tutorials on “pubmed.gov” website. In addition, they need to select a research topic and define a research question before the start of the course (this will be communicated to the students in detail when they receive confirmation of participation)
Max. number of students: 20

Students have to attend 80% of lectures and tutorials.
First come, first serve
Biomedical publishing and writing module:
• Application deadline: 10 weeks before module start (04 March 2018).
• Payment deadline: 8 weeks before module start (19 March 2018).
• Confirmation of participation by ITMIH: 6 weeks before module start latest (02 April 2018), subject to a sufficient number of applications.
Late applications will be considered as long as places are available.
550,00 € for TropEd MScIH students
687,50 € for guest students incl. Diploma
None available
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in December 2017. This accreditation is valid until December 2022.
Student are not allowed to use the same topic from this course and the thesis.

Key readings:
- Moher D, Liberati A, Tetzlaff J, Altman DG. Preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses: the PRISMA statement. BMJ. 2009;339:b2535.
- von Elm E, Altman DG, Egger M, Pocock SJ, Gotzsche PC, Vandenbroucke JP. The Strengthening the Reporting of Observational Studies in Epidemiology (STROBE) statement: guidelines for reporting observational studies. The Lancet. 2007;370(9596):1453-7
- International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (available from: http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf, accessed: 2017/09/27). ICMJE. 2016.
Course application form
Email Address: mscih-student@charite.de
Date Of Record Creation: 2017-12-17 15:11:47 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2017-12-17 20:33:35 (W3C-DTF)
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Date Last Modified: 2020-11-30 08:44:43 (W3C-DTF)

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