Facilitators and Barriers for Young Medical Doctors Writing Their First Manuscript for Publication

Rie Raffing, Thor Bern Jensen, Sanne Larsen, Lars Konge, Christine Møller, Hanne Tønnesen

4 Citations (Scopus)


Although scientific publication is often mandatory in medical professions, writing the first research article for publication is challenging, especially as medical curricula have only a minor focus on scientific writing. The aim was therefore to identify facilitators and barriers experienced by medical doctors writing their first scientific article for publication. An explorative inductive approach made use of semi-structured interviews for collecting data until saturation. Data were analyzed with systematic text condensation. Several barriers were identified: (a) writing in general; (b) writing in English; (c) dealing with content, structure, and presentation; and (d) navigating in the author group. Good supervision in the initial writing phase was a facilitating factor. Medical doctors requested a course in which they could work on their own articles and give feedback to fellow students. They valued skilled lecturers and individual supervision, and they wanted to learn about author instructions, how to present text correctly, and how to sell their core message. Their goal was to create a useful end product and to obtain European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) points. The facilitators and barriers that medical doctors experience when writing their first scientific article for publication and their course requests should be reflected in the learning objectives and content of future courses.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8571
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2021


  • Curriculum
  • Humans
  • Publishing
  • Writing
  • Scientific article
  • Medical doctors
  • Barriers
  • Facilitators
  • Medical education
  • Manuscript writing


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