Writing Skills

Here are a number of excellent online resources to help improve your writing skills:

icipe Scientific Paper Writing Workshop 2016

icipe Scientific Paper Writing Workshop 2016


This is a global network that provides support, mentoring, resources and training for researchers in developing countries. AuthorAID helps researchers in developing countries to publish and otherwise communicate their work. It also serves as a wider global forum to discuss and disseminate research. Includes lots of training materials. Registering is free.

Elsevier Publishing Campus

Elsevier’s new online training center includes instruction on writing for books and journals, peer reviewing, grant writing, ethics - and how to get your research noticed.

Research4Life Training Portal

A platform with free downloadable resources for researchers. The Authorship Skills section contains 10 modules, including how to read and write scientific papers, intellectual property and web bibliography along with hands-on activity workbooks.

Career Advice portal of Elsevier Connect

Stories include tips for publishing in an international journal and “Eight reasons I rejected your article”.


Online course on How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper

Writing for Journals: Online courses

Tips to Writing better papers

How to publish in scholarly journals

Research and publishing ethics: Authorship, plagiarism and responsibilities

Elsevier Publishing Campus: Quick Guides, Brochures and Papers (RECOMMENDED!)

Getting published: What distinguishes a good manuscript from a bad one?

Writing in the Sciences (Coursera online course)

Publishing and Research Ethics

Write that Journal Article in seven days

Shut up and Write!

How to Read a Scientific Paper

Written Communication

The Structure, Format, Content, and Style of a Journal-Style Scientific Paper

Becoming a "Jedi Writer"