- How to Read Scientific Papers 1h 08min
How to Read Scientific Papers
What You'll Learn
- The central role of peer reviewed articles in science
- The different types of articles and what impact they can have on clinical guidelines
- The formal structure of an article and why, and which sections are most important to read, to what purpose and why
- The most common problems with articles, and how to spot them to evaluate the overall quality of the research, and hence its credibility
Research informs practice! As a professional, it is our duty to remain updated with current research on efficacy and safety of essential oils. Having published more than 15 scientific papers in international journals while being a distiller and aromatherapist himself, Marco Valussi understands the importance of scientific research from many angles. In this course, he will break down why you need to understand scientific research as a whole, as well as how to approach reading and interpreting the information in scientific papers.
Marco will first introduce the role of scientific articles in research, explain their functions, along with other research tools, and highlight the central concept of science as a community effort. Subsequently, he will then describe the types of research papers and how they translate into clinical guidelines, their formal structure, the meaning of the different sections, the possible errors, how to spot them, and how to evaluate the overall quality and credibility of the article, using practical examples.
Please Note: This course was originally recorded for an event called AromaSummit; as such, you may hear mention of this event during the presentation.
Marco Valussi studied Forestry in Italy before moving to the UK where he gained his Diploma in Bodywork and aromatherapy from ITHMA, and his BSc (Hons.) in Herbal Medicine from Middlesex University. He’s been involved with medicinal plants and essential oils for 25 year, as a professor at various Master Degrees in Italy (Padua, Siena, Pisa and Florence), as a consultant for the herbal and EO industry and for the medical and pharmacists professional organizations, as a writer, a researcher and as a distiller.
He's currently production manager and scientific director of a distilling company in the heart of the Dolomites, a local, short production chain for high quality artisan essential oils and aromatic waters. His recent research interests are in Forest Bathing, antiviral activities of EOs, and the biological activities of EOs in light of evolutionary theory. He has published more than 100 articles on professional magazines, 15 scientific papers, and a University textbook on EOs.