How to Write a Scientific Paper for Publication


The publication of scientific papers is a very important to researchers. Many times the writer will have challenges in translating their research to the written word. In this sometimes humorous approach to this subject, Dr. Bruns addresses how to simplify the writing of a scientific paper by breaking down the process into smaller tasks and by the use of a template. Examples received as an editor are presented to illustrate key points.

Originally presented on October 12, 2009, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Lecture Presenter

David E. Bruns, MD

David E. Bruns, MD

Professor of Pathology, Director of Clinical Chemistry, Associate Director of Molecular Diagnostics
University of Virginia

Dr. Bruns has served as President of the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists (ACLPS) and as President of the Association of Clinical Scientists (ACS). He was editor of Clinical Chemistry from 1990 to 2007 during which time it became the most-cited journal in clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine. He remains on the Editorial Board as Editor of the Perspectives section of the Journal. He was elected to the AACC Board of Directors in 2008. Dr. Bruns has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed articles. He was a co-author of the Standards for Reporting Diagnostic Accuracy (STARD) guidelines, and coordinated their simultaneous publication in major medical journals. He has co-edited several books, including The Yearbooks of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (1995, 1996, 1997), Molecular Diagnostics in Laboratory Medicine (2002), Tietz Textbook of Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics, 4th Edition (2005), Fundamentals of Molecular Diagnostics (2007) and Tietz Fundamentals of Clinical Chemistry, 6th Edition (2007).


After this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Gain techniques to overcome writers block
  • Use the structure of scientific papers to make writing easier
  • Use guidelines for common types of papers in laboratory medicine

Sponsored by:

University of Utah School of Medicine, and ARUP Laboratories