Journal Club: Injury Prevention

Course higher education credits 6
Course is normally given Continously
Graduate school Machine and Vehicle Systems
Department Applied Mechanics
Contact information

Mats Svensson
Email: mats.svensson@chalmers.se
Phone: 031 772 3644

Course description

The course objective is to give the participants experience in critical reading of scientific papers in the area of impact biomechanics and injury prevention. This is meant to give the PhD candidates an increased awareness and guidance in their own scientific writing. At the same time the variety of paper topics will give the candidates a broader perspective on the topic of impact biomechanics and injury prevention. Papers will be scrutinized regarding scientific content as well as rhetorical and linguistic aspects. The formats and purposes of different types of papers, for instance journal papers versus conference publications or popular articles will be discussed. Differences in writing styles between disciplines such as engineering, epidemiology, and various medical disciplines will be covered. Various aspects of the review process and the merit value of different publication formats will also be treated. All participants are required to participate actively in the discussions and share their own experience from paper writing and communication with reviewers.

The group of PhD candidates meets 10 times per year. One pre-selected scientific paper is discussed regarding the technical content as well as how it is written and organised. At least one senior researcher from the Injury Prevention group participates and involves in the discussions. At each meeting a Chairman is appointed for the next coming meeting. The Chairman is one of the PhD candidates and has the responsibility to select a paper that is of particular interest, either from a scientific point of view or from another perspective. The Chairman distributes the paper together with a short summary of the paper and some instructions to the other group members regarding the desired focus of the criticism of the paper.

Application information

Course code:
Part A: FTME100
Part B: FTME105

More information

The course is subdivided into two steps:
JOURNAL CLUB: INJURY PREVENTION part A, 3 hp
JOURNAL CLUB: INJURY PREVENTION part B, 3 hp

Requirements for each part is active participation in minimum 12 meetings and acting as a chairman at minimum 3 of those meetings.

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