Electronic publishing and electronic means of text and data presentation have changed enormously since the first edition of this book was published in 1997. The third edition of Scientific Papers and Presentations applies traditional principles to today's modern techniques and the changing needs of up-and-coming academia. Topics include designing visual aids, writing first drafts, reviewing and revising, communicating clearly and concisely, adhering to stylistic principles, presenting data in tables and figures, dealing with ethical and legal issues, and relating science to the lay audience. This successful legacy title is an essential guide to professional communication, provides a wealth of information and detail and is a useful guide. It features: covers all aspects of communication for early scientists from research to thesis to presentations; discusses how to use multi-media effectively in presentations and communication; and includes an extensive appendices section with detailed examples for further guidance.
1. The semantic environment of science
2. Before you begin
3. Organizing and writing a rough draft
4. Searching and reviewing scientific literature
5. The proposal
6. Graduate thesis and dissertations
7. Publishing in scientific journals
8. Style and accuracy in the final draft
9. Reviewing and revising
10. Titles and abstracts
11. Presenting data
12. Professionalism, ethics, and legal issues
13. Scientific presentations
14. Communication without words
15. Visual aids for presentations
16. The oral presentation
17. Poster presentations
18. Group communications
19. Communication with non-scientists
20. To the international student
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After teaching English composition and world literature, Martha Davis crossed the line between the humanities and the sciences. Always an aficionado of biology and gardening, her interests led her to the biological and agricultural sciences where she has worked for some 15 years mostly with graduate students relative to their communication skills in science. This handbook is the result of seeking answers to their questions and of recognizing that most other communication handbooks are limited to specific areas of writing or speaking. Scientific Papers and Presentations is her attempt to put under one cover the basic guidelines for the communication endeavors of the graduate student as well as the professional scientist.