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1 CHARLOTTE LEBOEUF-YDE, DC, MPH, PHD PROFESSOR IN CLINICAL BIOMECHANICS SDU An appetizer for the article writing course

2 Why write an article? Because you must To make your findings known to others To look good and become famous The Nobel Prize

3 What is a good article? Nice to read Easy to understand Interesting Useful Correct

4 What is a bad article? Difficult to read Difficult to understand Uninteresting Useless Incorrect

5 How to write a bad article Write it for yourself: Write, re-write, re-write, re-write and re-write Cut and paste yourself into total confusion Learn the text by heart Omit relevant explanatory steps Lots of details Stir, boil and give to your (busy) supervisor Become annoyed when criticism is given

6 How to write a good article Write it for the reader: Determine the objective(s) Keep it simple Brainstorm first Structure the contents (the filling is not yet important) Lots of sub-headings, while you structure the MS One section at a time Seek assistance in the early stages Write text at the end

7 Recipe course on how to write an article will help you to… … write for the reader … produce a good article … do it rather quickly Workshop for five whole days without interruptions (no SMS-s, mobile phones, patients, or other jobs at the same time!)

8 (brief) Course outline Day 1: Defining the objectives precisely Introduction/background Day 2:Method Day 3:Result Day 4: Discussion Day 5: Lay-out, ref.list, acknowledgements, Abstract

9 Where and how Sleep-over at Park Hotel, Middelfart 5th-7th of March (Good food, pleasant surroundings, bring jogging gear if you want, no kids, no cooking, no vacuum-cleaning) Middelfart hospital, Penthouse 15th and 16th of March OR at SDU/WP – venue to be determined Bring an idea of the manuscript you want to work on

10 Whats the big deal? Each session: Introduction/explanation followed by workshop in which the whole group gets an insight into each others projects, help each other and each person structures his/her own work. Homework: In the evening, own work to be done. Next day: Presentation of own work, feed-back from course leader and discussion with and assistance from group. Caution: Nobody will be good at this from the beginning, everybody must be able to adapt to comments and critique, and we shall work together. Outcome: Everybody will have a well-structured article when the course is over. Continued assistance: If you wish, and your supervisor allows it, you can come back for further assistance afterwards.

11 This is difficult so… You must be able to put up with the workshop format. You must develop the ability to look at your own work at a distance and accept the help of others. You need to keep your head clear. You must be willing to adapt this systematic approach. The details will probably be no problem, as most of you probably are nerds, anyway

12 Writing an article can be great fun provided that You know how to do it You can work with others in a smart way WELCOME TO THIS COURSE!


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