300 pages, 27 b/w illustrations
An essential guide for succeeding in today's competitive environment, this book provides beginning scientists and experienced researchers with practical advice on writing about their work and getting published. This new, updated edition discusses the latest print and Internet resources. Preparing, submitting and publishing scientific papers is now largely electronic, and the book has been revised to reflect this. New material includes more information on including supplementary material online, using reference management software, and preparing tables and figures; expanded sections on structuring a discussion section and the strengths and limitations of the research; and additional material on international aspects of scientific writing. The book guides readers through the processes involved in writing and publishing for scientific journals, from choosing a suitable journal to presenting results and citing references. It covers ethical issues in scientific publishing; explains rights and permissions; and discusses writing grant proposals, giving presentations and writing for general audiences.
From the reviews of the previous edition:
"[...] remains an excellent guide to the basics."
- New Scientist
"However experienced one feels in the art of presenting their scientific research, this book should have something of use and interest to everyone."
- SEB Bulletin
Part I. Some Preliminaries
1. What is scientific writing?
2. Historical perspectives
3. Approaching a writing project
4. What is a scientific paper?
5. Ethics in scientific publishing
6. Where to submit your manuscript
Part II. Preparing the Text
7. How to prepare the title
8. How to list the authors and addresses
9. How to prepare the abstract
10. How to write the introduction
11. How to write the materials and methods section
12. How to write the results
13. How to write the discussion
14. How to state the acknowledgements
15. How to cite the references
Part III. Preparing the Tables and Figures
16. How to design effective tables
17. How to prepare effective graphs
18. How to prepare effective photographs
Part IV. Publishing the Paper
19. Rights and permissions
20. How to submit the manuscript
21. The review process (how to deal with editors)
22. The publishing process (how to deal with proofs)
Part V. Doing Other Writing for Publication
23. How to write a review paper
24. How to write opinion (book reviews, editorials, and letters to the editor)
25. How to write a book chapter or a book
26. How to write for the public
Part VI. Conference Communications
27. How to present a paper orally
28. How to prepare a poster
29. How to write a conference report
Part VII. Scientific Style
30. Use and misuse of English
31. Avoiding jargon
32. How and when to use abbreviations
33. Writing clearly across cultures and media
34. How to write science in English as a foreign language
Part VIII. Other Topics in Science Communication
35. How to write a thesis
36. How to prepare a curriculum vitae
37. How to prepare grant proposals and progress reports
38. How to write a recommendation letter - and how to ask for one
39. How to work with the media
40. How to provide peer review
41. How to seek a scientific-communication career
Glossary of technical terms
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Robert A. Day is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Delaware.
Barbara Gastel is Associate Professor of Veterinary Anatomy and Public Health, of Humanities in Medicine, and of Biotechnology at Texas A&M University.