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Writing, Citing, & Publishing

Learn about resources to help you through the writing and publication process.

Northwestern Writing Resources

Chicago Campus Writing Place: The Chicago Campus Writing Place serves students enrolled in Northwestern University’s School of Continuing Studies and other students studying on the Chicago campus. Both onsite and distance appointments are available. Location: Wieboldt Hall, Schaffner Library, Mezzanine Level. 

Graduate Writing Place Chicago Campus: The Graduate Writing Place serves graduate students from all across Northwestern’s many schools, departments, and programs, as well as postdoctoral students and Northwestern faculty. The Chicago campus satellite location is especially useful for graduate students and post-docs who are at Northwestern’s downtown campus.

Scholarly Communication: LibGuide curated by Northwestern librarians (Evanston campus) that includes tips and links for: Copyright, Author Rights, Open Access, OA Fund, Self-Archiving, and Data Management.

Writing Resources from CLIMB (Collaborative Learning and Integrated Mentoring in the Biosciences): Includes tips on key science writing principles, NIH grant proposals, meeting abstracts, best practices in designing tables, and more. 


Scientific Writing Resources

Duke University Scientific Writing Resource: This in-depth guide aims to teach you how to write effectively. The material is not about correctness (grammar, punctuation, etc), but about communicating what you intend to the reader. The guide includes many writing examples from the sciences and has lessons to work through. 

Elsevier Researcher Academy: This free online resource contains video tutorials about the many stages of writing and publishing, including navigating the fundamentals of manuscript preparation, publishing, and peer review. 

StatTag: A free, open-source software plug-in for conducting reproducible research. StatTag allows users to embed statistical output (estimates, tables and figures) into a Word manuscript and then, with one click, to update output. Available for Windows and Mac.

Web of Science Academy: A free site, offering courses on topics in the academic publishing landscape, with a focus on research integrity and key skillsets. Registration is required and certificates are available for completed courses.