Writing up your research

Writing your thesis

Review Katharine Hayden's 2013 presentation on how to submit your thesis.

Review the department's guidelines for a manuscript-based thesis (updated March 2008).

Review Katharine Hayden's 2013 notes on how to prepare and submit your thesis from our 2013 seminar.

Publishing in peer-reviewed journals

Check out Dr. Pai and Dr. Kaufman's tips from our 2013 seminar "How to get published":
Dr. Pai's slides, Dr. Kaufman's slides

Read the following two articles:

Jochen WL Cals, Daniel Kotz. Effective writing and publishing scientific papers, part II: title and abstract. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. Available online 19 February 2013.

Daniel Kotz, Jochen WL Cals. Effective writing and publishing scientific papers, part IV: methods. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. Available online 19 February 2013.

Consensus statements for publications

Observational studies: see The STROBE Statement, developed for the STROBE initiative and was first published in the BMJ, 2007. "The STROBE Initiative developed recommendations on what should be included in an accurate and complete report of an observational study." The recommendations over three main study designs used in epidemiology: cohort, case-control and cross-sectional studies. Through this initiative, a checklist of 22 items was created to guide the reporting of observational studies. The checklist relates to the title, abstract, introduction, methods, results and discussion sections of articles. The STROBE Statement website provides detailed explanations and documents published beyond the STROBE statement, as well as the STROBE statement itself.

Randomized trials: see The CONSORT Statement. "CONSORT, which stands for Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials, encompasses various initiatives developed by the CONSORT Group to alleviate the problems arising from inadequate reporting of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). The main product of CONSORT is the CONSORT Statement, which is an evidence-based, minimum set of recommendations for reporting RCTs. It offers a standard way for authors to prepare reports of trial findings, facilitating their complete and transparent reporting, and aiding their critical appraisal and interpretation. The CONSORT Statement comprises a 22-item checklist and a flow diagram, along with some brief descriptive text. The checklist items focus on reporting how the trial was designed, analyzed, and interpreted; the flow diagram displays the progress of all participants through the trial. The Statement has been translated into several languages." The CONSORT Statement website provides detailed explanations and documents/checklists published beyond the CONSORT statement.

Reference managers and citation styles

The McGill Library provides free access to EndNote, Reference Manager and EndNote Web. Visit http://www.mcgill.ca/library-using/computers/endnote/ to download the softwares and to find guides, classes and workshops for help with using EndNote or Reference Manager.

The American Psychological Association (APA) is the premier resource for bibliography and citation style particularly used in the humanities and in nursing, and increasingly adopted by scientific publications in general. Information includes how to cite information from the Internet and the WWW.

Writing in French

Le Grand Dictionnaire Terminologique is a dictionary-lexicon of technical terms used in more than 200 disciplines, including epi, produced and maintained by the Office québécois de la langue française - very helpful for the english-français translation of scientific texts.