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Writing Scientific Research Articles: Strategy and Steps

Handbook / Manual

By: Margaret Cargill(Author), Patrick DT O'Connor(Author)

223 pages, b/w illustrations, tables

John Wiley & Sons

Paperback | May 2013 | Edition: 2 | #205225 | ISBN-13: 9781118570708
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Writing Scientific Research Articles shows scientists how to apply their analysis and synthesis skills to overcoming the challenge of how to write, as well as what to write, to maximise their chances of publishing in international scientific journals. The book uses analysis of the scientific article genre to provide clear processes for writing each section of a manuscript, starting with clear 'story' construction and packaging of results. Each learning step uses practical exercises to develop writing and data presentation skills based on reader analysis of well-written example papers. Strategies are presented for responding to referee comments, and for developing discipline-specific English language skills for manuscript writing and polishing.

Writing Scientific Research Articles is designed for scientists who use English as a first or an additional language, and for individual scientists or mentors or a class setting. In response to reader requests, the new edition includes review articles and the full range of research article formats, as well as applying Writing Scientific Research Articles's principles to writing funding applications. Web support for this book is available at

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Preface to the second edition
Preface to the first edition

Section 1: A framework for success
1. How the book is organized, and why
2. Research article structures
3. Reviewers' criteria for evaluating manuscripts

Section 2: When and how to write each article section
4. Results as a "story": the key driver of an article
5. Results: turning data into knowledge
6. Writing about results
7. The Methods section
8. The Introduction
9. The Discussion section
10. The title
11. The Abstract
12. Writing review articles

Section 3: Getting your manuscript published
13. Submitting a manuscript
14. How to respond to editors and reviewers
15. A process for preparing a manuscript

Section 4: Developing your writing and publication skills further
16. Skill-development strategies for groups and individuals
17. Developing discipline-specific English skills
18. Writing funding proposals

Section 5: Provided example articles
19. PEA1: Kaiser et al. (2003)
20. PEA2: Britton-Simmons and Abbott (2008)
21. PEA3: Ganci et al. (2012)

Answer pages
Appendix: Measures of journal impact and quality
A.1 Journal impact
A.2 Using indices of journal quality

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Margaret Cargill is an applied linguist with over 20 years experience as a research communication educator. Her current research centres on innovative collaborative methods for helping scientists develop high-level skills for communicating their research findings effectively in the international arena. She has worked extensively in Australia, Europe and Asia with scientists of many language and cultural backgrounds.

Patrick O'Connor is a research ecologist, environmental consultant and science educator. His work over the last 15 years has focussed on the use of scientific principles in designing and evaluating environmental programs for governments and statutory authorities in Australia. His research interests and scientific publications span fields of terrestrial ecology and detection of change in plant and animal communities.

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