Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


  • understand what differentiates scientific articles from other publications such as web pages, 
  • are able to recognize typical parts of scientific articles that report original research (IMRaD) and find the conclusion of an article, 
  • know how to formulate citation, in a given format
    (we practice the format of Aalto CHEM instructions), 
  • are able to describe how the impact of a scientific journal and of an individual article is (attempted to be) assessed, 
  • have practiced formulating his/her own view (/comment/opinion) on a scientific article, 
  • be able to use a similarity detection software, 
  • have made peer evaluation.

Credits: 1

Schedule: 05.09.2024 - 10.10.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Riikka Puurunen

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    This course introduces the student to the field of scientific publishing: what is a scientific article and how it differs from a web page, what is peer review, how to find scientific journals and how is the quality of various scientific publishing forums attempted to be assessed. As part of the course, the student will do an exercise, where the student finds a unique peer-reviewed scientific article reporting original research, makes a structured analysis of it, uses a similarity detection software, and gives and gets peer feedback.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Submissions, peer evaluation

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Brief videos, contact sessions, MyCourses-based exercise


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    to be announced

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Autumn I
    2025-2026 Autumn I


    Part of Master's Programme in Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering. Students of other MSc majors of the School of Chemical Engineering also welcome, including doctoral researchers. 

    Students who completed the CHEM-E0105 Academic Learning Community course in the academic year of 2023-2024 or earlier cannot take CHEM-E0112 Scientific Article Exercise D due to overlapping contents.