Scientific Writing for Agricultural Economists
Prof. Dr. Stephan von Cramon-Taubadel (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Time and place
September 25 – 29, 2017, University of Goettingen (“Zentrales Hörsaalgebäude” ZHG, lecture room ZHG 004)
This course is designed to help PhD students in agricultural economics improve the skills that are required to communicate and ultimately publish scientific research in refereed journals.
- Introduction: Why “scientific writing”?
- The journals landscape in agricultural economics
- Writing, submitting, revising, publishing and reviewing scientific papers – What is expected of you?
- Writing papers in English – Suggestions, (avoiding) common mistakes, encouragement
- Good scientific practice – Plagiarism and other pitfalls
Two lecture blocks: each day from 9:00 (10:30 on Monday the 25th!) to 12:00 and from 13:30 to 16:00. On Friday the 29th there will only be a morning session.
Prerequisites and formalities
The course will take place in English and a solid command of the English language is expected.
This is not an English course!
Students who wish to receive credit for this course will be expected to attend all lectures. This is a 3 credit course.
Please bring your laptop!
There is no text for this course. Useful websites that will be referred to in this course include:
- The Commonwealth Forestry Association’s On-line Guide to Scientific Publication: http://www.cfa-international.org/ONGSWmanu.html
- Jack Lynch’s Guide to Grammar and Style: http://www.andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/writing
- University of Toronto – Advice on Academic Writing: http://www.writing.utoronto.ca/advice
- University of Exeter – Workshops in Economic Psychology: http://www.exeter.ac.uk/~SEGLea/psy6002/writing.htm
- Some words of encouragement from George Akerlof: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/economics/laureates/2001/akerlof-article.html
- Links to a variety of resources for writing economics http://www.bus.lsu.edu/hill/writing_economics_papers.htm