EWRS Education and Training Workshop

Writing a paper for an international scientific journal

John Marshall and Jens Carl Streibig

Samsun, Turkey, Sunday June 23rd 2013, 09:00 to 17:00

As part of the 16th EWRS Symposium at the Ondokuz Mayýs University, Samsun, Turkey, the EWRS Education & Training Working Group under the leadership of Prof Jens Streibig put on a course on “Writing a paper for an international scientific journal”.  The course was led by Dr Jon Marshall, Editor-in-Chief of the Society’s international journal, Weed Research.  The course was attended by 15 delegates from 9 countries (see photo), all of whom contributed to an interactive and stimulating day.  It is the policy of Weed Research to encourage submission from across the globe and to try to help authors with the submission and review process, while maintaining the high standards of the journal. These taught courses are one method of spreading this message.  Starting at 09:00, the course covered why, when and where to publish, the peer review process – what is it and how does it work, and paper scope and content: what and how much to publish?  Moving on to address journal styles and the structure of a paper, attendees were taken through much of the mechanics of writing, editing, reviewing and publishing.  Aspects of writing English (as a second language) – good and bad practice - were addressed and Jens Streibig, Editor in Chief (weeds) for Crop Protection, delivered  a section on the science of statistics and data presentation, a key aspect in written papers.  The post-submission process was discussed, covering responses to review reports and publication.  In the closing stages of the day, an interactive session resulted in a series of open discussions on aspects of paper preparation, writing, authorship and ethical considerations, with all delegates contributing.  In the final section, two brave attendees allowed the group to look at and comment on papers they had in preparation.  My thanks to all the attendees for an enjoyable and hopefully rewarding day, to Jens for his contributions and to the Local Organising Commmittee of the Symposium, particularly Hüsrev Mennan, for facilitating the course.  These courses are an important part of the journal’s activity.

Dr. E.J.P. Marshall, Editor-in-Chief, Weed Research
E-mail: jon.marshall@agroecol.co.uk
12 July 2013

Photograph of the participants of the workshop "Writing a paper for an international scientific journal” at Samsun, Turkey on Sunday 23 June 2013"