Presented at SPIE Medical Imaging Symposium, San Diego, CA, February 13, 2006

Writing for publication

Kenneth M. Hanson
T-2, Los Alamos National Laboratory


This course teaches attendees the basic skills needed to create well-written scientific articles for publication in journals or proceedings. I discuss the structure of a paper and the functionality of its various parts. You will learn the standards of good technical writing, punctuation and grammar, and how to avoid common writing mistakes. I will discuss techniques for overcoming writer’s block. This course will teach you how to:

This course is intended for researchers who wish to improve their proficiency in writing scientific articles. Participants should have a basic understanding of the English language.

Keywords: technical writing, journal, proceedings, article organization, style, word choice, usage, English grammar, punctuation, SPIE format, readability, writers’ tools, sentence construction, paragraphs

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