Scientific Research Writing

Handbook for Students

This handbook was designed to support students during the writing of their theses and dissertations or writing for publication. The template, or model, which is provided guides the writer through each section of a research paper: Abstract, Introduction, Methods and Materials, Results, and Discussion/Conclusion. Furthermore, specific grammar and vocabulary tools are provided that answer a range of questions:

What is the proper verb tense for each section?
When should I use the active voice and when should I use the passive voice?
How do I avoid using the same words and phrases over and over again?
What is meant by 'technical' or 'scientific' writing style and how is it different from general academic writing?

Our useful and concise handbook is available to you as a download.



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Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines

This guide was prepared by KAUST Graduate Affairs to assist you in the preparation of your thesis or dissertation. The requirements in this guide apply to all theses and dissertations. Individual divisions may have more specific requirements.

Your thesis or dissertation must be prepared according to the instructions given in this guide and must be complete. Rewriting and changes will be necessary if the instructions are not followed. Your degree will not be officially awarded until your dissertation or thesis is presented in satisfactory form, approved by your Advisor and Dean, and your GPC deposits it in the Library’s Research Repository.