The AAVSO Workshop on Writing and Publishing Scientific Papers was held on May 5, 2006, during the 95th Spring Meeting of the AAVSO  in Rockford, Illinois. This half-day workshop was designed to introduce amateur astronomers, students, and academic scientists from outside of astronomy to the field of astronomical scientific publication. Excellent publication quality research is being done by professional and non-professional astronomers alike, and the goal of this session was to show aspiring authors how to go from your observations to a research paper ready for the peer review process.
The workshop consisted of six talks by members of the AAVSO community, along with discussions and a set of electronic resources and reference materials (see below). The speakers and their topics were:
- Skyview  form-based multiwavelength image search
- SIMBAD  form-based object and region search
- MAST  (Multimission Archive at STScI)
- HEASARC  -- NASA's X-ray and Gamma-ray Astronomy Data Archive
- US National Virtual Observatory  and their outreach website 
- Advice for beginning researchers  by Chris Matzner (CITA, U. Toronto) -- this is geared towards Astronomy students, but has good general information for everyone starting out