Writing Accountability Groups (WAGs)

You've heard about them, now start your own! With more than 50 WAGs across many Hopkins campuses, the "wagging" process has become a popular one. Learn more, explore the toolkit, and start one of your own! Hopkins faculty members can request to be added to the WAG listserv by emailing [email protected].

Frequently Asked Questions About WAGs

WAG Toolkit

Other Writing Resources

Biomedical and Scientific Writing Resources (Dr. Sarah Poynton)

Resources for Non-Native English Speakers

  • An Outline of Scientific Writing by Jen Tsi Tang
    Description of book: This book is aimed at researchers who need to write clear and understandable manuscripts in English. Today, English is the official language of international conferences and most important publications in science and technology are written in English. Therefore, learning how to write in English has become part of the researcher's task. The book begins by discussing constructs of the English language such as sentence structure and word use. It then proceeds to discuss the style and convention used in scientific publications. Some of the topics covered include: Planning of a Manuscript; Authorship; References; Tables and Figures; Submission to a Journal; Production Schedules. This book is written at such a level that the reader should not have to resort to a dictionary. It includes many examples and exercises to clarify the rules and guidelines presented.
  • Science Research Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English by Hilary Glassman-Deal
    This book is designed to enable non-native English speakers to write science research for publication in English. It can also be used by English speakers and is a practical, user-friendly book intended as a fast, do-it-yourself guide for those whose English language proficiency is above intermediate. The approach is based on material developed from teaching graduate students at Imperial College London and has been extensively piloted. The book guides the reader through the process of writing science research and will also help with writing a Master's or Doctoral thesis in English. Science writing is much easier than it looks because the structure and language are conventional. The aim of this book is to help the reader discover a template or model for science research writing and then to provide the grammar and vocabulary tools needed to operate that model. There are five units: Introduction, Methodology, Results, Discussion/Conclusion and Abstract. The reader develops a model for each section of the research article through sample texts and exercises; this is followed by a Grammar and Writing Skills section designed to respond to frequently-asked questions as well as a Vocabulary list including examples of how the words and phrases are to be used.