Scientific Writing and Presenting

Purpose of the course is to give students detailed practical guidance on writing and publishing scientific papers, including theses. The course will help students to prepare manuscripts and effectively communicate their work. A step-by-step guide from the first draft to the final manuscript for submission to a publisher is provided. In addition, the course provides detailed information on oral presentations and conference talks.


  • Course certificates (Scheine) are ready. You can get them at Claudia Walter's office (Sand 14, C 318).

Time and Place

  • Lecture:
    Thursday, 13:15 - 14:00, A301 (Sand 13)
  • Tutorial:
    Thursday, 14:15 - 15:00, A301 (Sand 13)

Requirements for the course certificate

The course together with its tutorial fulfills the requirements for a 2-credit point course (2 SWS) in the field Informatik und Gesellschaft (I+G) and Schlüsselqualifikationen (SQ). It has to be graded. The grading scheme (assignments 67%, oral presentation 33%) will be detailed in the first lecture.

Modulhandbuch der Masterstudiengänge

Wahlpflichtbereich Schlüsselqualifikationen Informatik, Modul INF 4611

Topics covered

  • Scientific writing
    • What is Scientific Writing? What is a scientific paper?
    • Outline of the writing process (preparing drafts, submission, peer review, revision, galley proofs, ...)
    • How to write the first draft: the structure of a scientific paper
    • The revision of a manuscript
    • The Peer Review and how to communicate with the Editor
  • Scientific presentations
    • The do's and dont's of oral presentations
    • You have to give a conference talk on a virtual conference
  • Style and grammar corner
    • Frequently occurring errors in Theses
    • Grammar, word choice, punctuation, ...
    • About 15 minutes per lecture


  • Assignments have to be done individually (no groups!)
  • Registration in the first lecture


Recommended books

  • J. R. Matthews and R. W. Matthews
    Successful scientific writing, 3rd ed., Cambridge University Press, 2007.
  • R. A. Day and B. Gastel
    How to write and publish a scientific paper, 6th ed., Cambridge University Press, 2006.