Course code InfT6010

Credit points 2

Writing of Scientific Publications

Total Hours in Course80

Number of hours for lectures12

Number of hours for seminars and practical classes12

Independent study hours56

Date of course confirmation18.10.2022

Responsible UnitDepartment of Control Systems

Course developer

author prof.

Irina Arhipova

Dr. sc. ing.

Course abstract

The aim of the course is to develop an understanding of the basic principles of writing a scientific publication and the variants of scientific publications. The course gives an idea of the content of publications structure and its separate parts. Questions are discussed about the research methodology and formatting styles of tables, figures and bibliography. The course is focused on questions about the different requirements of scientific journals and conference proceedings, as well as on the review manuscripts.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

• Knowledge - is able to show the depth or extends knowledge and understanding of the essential demands for scientific publications and the types of the scientific papers, and which provides the basis for applied research and fundamental research; is able to apply knowledge of IT research related to the cross discipline fields (the scientific paper structure is developed and presented in practical classes).
• skills – is able to independently use the theory, methods and problem-solving skills to carry out scientific publication, using research methodology knowledge. Is able to forcefully explain and discuss about the object of research and reasons for their choice for the particular IT problem at study (the research object characterization and justification of the choice is developed and presented in practical classes).
• competence – is able to independently formulate and critically analyze the IT industry complex research and professional problems, to carry out scientific publication (the research paper is developed and presented in practical classes).

Course Content(Calendar)

1.Choice of the topic of scientific paper [L-1h].
2.The purpose of the scientific paper, the hypothesis of the research [L-1h].
3.Reasons for scientific research and hypothesis of other researchers [L-1h].
4.Scientific paper structure development [P-2h].
5.Introduction of the scientific paper [L-1h;P-1h].
6.Scientific paper methodology description [L-1h;P-1h].
7.Characterization of the research object and justification of the choice [L-1h;P-1h].
8.Results of the study and their evaluation [L-1h;P-1h].
9.Evaluation of the results of research in specific environmental conditions and comparison with the findings of other authors [L-1h;P-1h].
10.Scientific paper discussion [L-1h;P-1h].
11.Interpretation of scientific paper results [L-1h;P-1h].
12.Preparing the conclusions of the scientific paper [P-1h].
13.Preparing an abstract for a scientific paper [L-1h].
14.Preparation of the list of cited literature [P-1h].
15.Publication of a scientific paper in accordance with the requirements of the Editorial Board [L-1h].
16.Presentation and submission of a scientific paper [P-1h].

Requirements for awarding credit points

It is necessary to prepare a scientific paper and submit it to the journal or Organizing Committee of the Conference for its publication.

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

The organization of independent work during the semester is independently studying literature, using academic staff member consultations. During the study course, the development of individual works is not foreseen.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

Assessment of learning outcomes (formal test with a grade) depends on the degree of development of individual sections of the paper. To obtain the minimal assessment, it is necessary to prepare research paper abstract and list of cited literature.

Compulsory reading

1. Cargill, Margaret. (2009) Writing scientific research articles: strategy and steps. Chichester, UK; Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell, 173 pp.
2. Day, Abby. (2007) How to get research published in journals. 2nd ed. Farnham, Surrey, England; Burlington, VT: Gower, [repr. 2010], 140 pp.
3. Gustavii, Björn. (2008) How to write and illustrate scientific papers. 2nd ed. Cambridge, UK; New York: Cambridge University Press, 168 pp.
4. Hofmann, Angelika H. (2010) Scientific writing and communication: papers, proposals, and presentations. New York; Oxford: Oxford University Press, 682 pp.
5. Van Emden, Joan. & Becker, Lucinda (2018) Writing for engineers. 4rd ed. London: Palgrawe Macmillan, 151 pp.

Further reading

1. Davis, Martha. (1997) Scientific papers and presentations. San Diego (CA): Academic Press, 296 pp.
2. Day, Robert A. (2006) How to write and publish a scientific paper. 6th ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 302 pp.
3. Holliday, Adrian. (2007) Doing and writing qualitative research. 2nd ed. London ... [etc.]: SAGE Publications, 199 pp.
4. Van Emden, Joan. (2005) Writing for engineers. 3rd ed. Basingstoke: Palgrawe Macmillan, 148 pp.

Periodicals and other sources

1.A List of Computer Science Journals (ISI Indexed) – [] (skatīts 11.03.2022).
2.Computer Science Journals [] (skatīts 11.03.2022). 3.Baltic Journal of Modern Computing [] (skatīts 11.03.2022)


Elective course for master study programme “Information Technologies”.