Introduction to scientific writing and publication


At the end of the curricular unit students should be able to:

1. Distinguish between scientific and non-scientific literature and recognize the value of periodical medical journals in the dissemination of biomedical scientific articles.

2. Describe the types of articles published in periodical medical journals, their purpose, structure and their individual sections.

3. Prepare appropriately a manuscript to be submitted in a periodical medical journal.

4. Conduct efficiently the interaction with editors and reviewers during the peer review process leading to a final publication.

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Responsible teacher

Prof. Doutor Pedro Escada


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1.       Hall GM (Editor): How to write a paper. BMJ Books, Fourth Edition, 2008. ISBN 978-1-4051-6773-4.

2.       Bhandari M, Joensson A. Getting your research paper published. Thieme, 2011. ISBN 978-3-13-149991-2.

3.       Browner W. Publishing and presenting clinical research. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Second Edition 2006. ISBN 978-07817-9506-7.

4.       Taylor R. The clinician’s guide to medical writing. Springer, 2005. ISBN 0-387-22249-9.

5.       Serrano P. Redação e apresentação de trabalhos científicos. Relógio D'Água, 2ª Edição, 2004.

6.       Zeiger M. Essentials of writing biomedical research papers. McGraw Hill, Second Edition, 1999. ISBN 0-07-154.

7.       Rogers S. Mastering scientific and medical writing. A self-help guide. Springer, 2007. ISBN 103-540-34507-8.

8.       Ribes R, Ros P. Medical English. Springer, 2006. ISBN 978-3-540-25428-7.

9.       Hames I. Peer review and manuscript management in scientific journals. Blackwell Publishing, 2007. ISBN 978-1-4051- 3159-9.


11.    EndNoteÒ (software para gestão e edição de referências bibliográficas).

Teaching method

The curricular unit will take place between February 23 and June 23. It is designed with a b-learning (blended learning) structure, with classroom activities (lectures with small group discussions, team-based learning and a learning project: the manuscript) and activities conducted via the Moodle platform of the Nova Medical School.

Evaluation method

The final classification will be obtained by weighting the following partial classifications:

Classroom and e-learning activities participation


Midterm test (online open book test)


Manuscript preparation (Team-work learning project)


Subject matter

1.       Types of medical manuscripts. The periodical medical journals. Function of the periodical medical journals. Reasons and motivations for publishing.

2.       Types of scientific articles in periodical medical journals.

3.       Structure of scientific papers. The IMRAD structure. Title and summary of scientific papers.

4.       Authorship of scientific papers. Ethics in scientific publication. Style and grammar.

5.       References and bibliography.

6.       The writing of the manuscripts. ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals.

7.       Review of the scientific articles: the submission process and peer review.

8.       Bibliometrics.


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