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Scholarly Publication Week [open to members of Osaka University]

2019-1-21 (Mon) - 2019-1-25 (Fri)

Seminar Registration

The following events will be held during the "Scholarly Publication Week", which is scheduled from Monday January 21 through Friday January 25, 2019.

1. Seminar series

2. Book exhibitions (at libraries)

3. Book fairs (at CO-OP bookstores)

See below for details.


1. Seminar series

Open to:

academic staff, research fellows, and postgraduate students of Osaka University

*Purpose: to help you improve your skills of scholarly writing and get published

*"New Faculty Training Program" (Research Development) credits can be granted upon request.

*All seminars will be delivered in English.


David Kipler

Academic publication trainer & consultant, CACTUS Communications

David Kipler is a specialist in biomedical communications for pharmaceutical companies, journals, and authors. His professional focus is helping researchers whose first language is not English to reach a larger audience. David obtained his certification as an Editor in the Life Sciences in 2005. In addition, he has extensive experience as an instructor in English reading and writing and English for Medical Purposes; he was a member of the Toho University Faculty of Medicine for 14 years and has held faculty appointments at top universities in Japan, including The University of Tokyo and Keio University School of Medicine. David has long been involved in biomedical publishing and has served as language editor for several journals in Japan, including the Journal of Epidemiology. David has written and presented on English education in Japanese medical universities, medical terminology, and professional development for biomedical communicators and is coauthor of the Medical English Listening Course for ALC NetAcademy. He is a member of the American Medical Writers Association, the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences, and the Japan Society for Medical English Education.

Seminar 1: Effective science writing and usage of tables and figures

Date & time: 14:00 - 16:00 (open 13:30), Wednesday January 23, 2019

Venue: 6F Library Hall, Main Library, Toyonaka Campus (Access)

Room capacity: 80


14:00-14:50 Techniques of writing a logical and convincing research article

We will discuss the principles and characteristics of good science writing, including clarity, accuracy, concision, and etc.

14:50-15:00 Break

15:00-15:45 Using tables and figures effectively

Science writing requires efficient visual presentation of complex information. Tables are often the ideal format to present a large amount of information, while figures help readers grasp complex relationships in data. Poorly presented or unnecessary tables and figures impede rather than facilitate communication. This talk will review principles, practices, and common errors in the visual presentation of information in scholarly publishing. The topics to be covered include: the elements of tables and figures, determining when tables and figures are necessary, advice on preparing tables and figures, and common errors in preparing and submitting tables and figures for publication.

15:45-16:00 Q & A

Seminar 2: Writing appealing cover letters and appropriate responses to reviewers

Date & time: 14:40 - 16:10 (open 14:10), Thursday January 24, 2019

Venue: 101 Research & Lecture Bldg. A, Graduate School of Language and Culture, Minoh Campus(No.1 on the map

Room capacity: 70


14:40-15:55 How to write appealing cover letters and appropriate responses to reviewers

A good cover letter expedites the review process by accurately describing the goals and value of your research, your contact information, and your publication preferences. Another aspect of the submission process—responding to reviewer comments—requires attention to detail and, often, tact. We will discuss how to write a good cover letter and how to format your responses and respond to difficult, mistaken, and unfair reviewer comments.

15:55-16:10 Q & A

Seminar 3: Frequent grammar errors in scholarly writing among non-native English writers and functions of punctuation

Date & time: 14:00 - 16:00 (open 13:30), Friday January 25, 2019

Venue: Hankyu Railway & Sanwa Bank Hall, Icho Kaikan 3F, Suita (No.11 on the map

Room capacity: 200


14:00-14:50 Frequent grammar errors among non-native English writers

Grammar errors impede comprehension and create a poor impression of your work. In addition, scholarly writing has its own usage conventions, which can vary by discipline and journal. We will discuss grammars that are especially difficult for non-native writers (subject-verb agreement, modifiers etc.) and usages that can be confusing.

14:50-15:00 Break

15:00-15:45 Functions and effective usage of punctuation

The importance of accurate punctuation is often underappreciated by writers; however, clear writing demands consistent, judicious punctuation. First and foremost, scholarly writing must be clear and accurate, and correct punctuation is an essential aspect of clear writing. Here we will discuss the various functions of the most frequently used punctuation marks, punctuation principles, and common punctuation errors and misunderstandings.

15:45-16:00 Q & A


2. Book exhibition

Exhibitions of books on academic writing and presentation skills will be held at the following Osaka University Libraries.

Main Library

Academic Skill corner (regular exhibition)

Life Sciences Library

Period:Monday January 21 through Friday January 25, 2019

Place:1F Entrance Hall, Life Sciences Library

Science and Engineering Library

Period:Monday January 7 through Monday January 28, 2019

Place:1F Learning Commons, West Building

International Studies Library

Period:Tuesday January 15, 2019 - (tentative)

Place:1F LUX, International Studies Library


3. Book fairs

Books fairs will be held at CO-OP Toyonaka Book Store, Suita School of Engineering Book Store, and Minoh Santi Book Store.

Bring your CO-OP member's card to get a discount.


Co-hosted by:

Research Management and Administration Section, Office of Management and Planning

Osaka University Library

Supported by:

Osaka University CO-OP

Department of Teaching and Learning of Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences

Career Center

*This event is financially sponsored by the MEXT's "Program for Promoting the Enhancement of Research Universities".

Event poster

Date: 2019-1-21 (Mon) - 2019-1-25 (Fri)
Organizer: Research Management and Administration Section, Office of Management and Planning; Osaka University Library
Venue: Please refer to the event details.
Registration: Registration on the web is required for this symposium.
Contact: Research Management and Administration Section, Office of Management and Planning

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