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English for Writing Research Papers

Handbook / Manual

By: Adrian Wallwork

325 pages, no illustrations


Paperback | Apr 2011 | #191134 | ISBN-13: 9781441979216
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Publishing your research in an international journal is key to your success in academia. This guide is based on a study of referees' reports and letters from journal editors on reasons why papers written by non-native researchers are rejected due to problems with English usage. It draws on English-related errors from around 5000 papers written by non-native authors, 500 abstracts by PhD students, and over 1000 hours of teaching researchers how to write and present research papers.

With easy-to-follow rules and tips, and with examples taken from published and unpublished papers, you will learn how to:
- prepare and structure a manuscript increase readability and reduce the number of mistakes you make in English by writing concisely, with no redundancy and no ambiguity
- plan and organize your paper, and structure each paragraph and each sentence so that the reader can easily follow the logical build-up towards various conclusions
- write a title and an abstract that will attract attention and be read
- decide what to include in the various parts of the paper (Introduction, Methodology, Discussion etc)
- select from over 700 useful phrases
- highlight your claims and contribution
- avoid plagiarism and make it 100% clear whether you are referring to your own work or someone else's
- choose the correct tenses and style (active or passive)

Aus den Rezensionen: "... die Umsetzung zu einem Leserfreundlichen Stil ... Herausarbeiten der wichtigsten Ergebnisse, pragnante, eindeutige Schreibweise, Vermeidung von Plagiaten, richtige Wohrtwahl. Man spurt, dass der Autor uber sehr viel Erfahrung verfugt und mit ungefahr 700 Beispielsatzen kann man seine Anleitungen sehr gut umsetzen. Auf ersten Blick erscheint die Zielgruppe fur dieses Buch sich auf Professoren und erfahrene Wissenschaftler zu beschranken Studierenden und ambitionierten 'Laien' kann es aber ebenfalls ein guter Ratgeber beim Verfassen englischer Texte sein."(in: Umwelt & Gesundheit, 2011, Vol. 22, Issue 2, S. 63)


Introduction.- Part 1. Writing Skills.- Chapter 1. Planning and Preparation.- Chapter 2. Word Order.- Chapter 3. Breaking Up Long Sentences.- Chapter 4. Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences.- Chapter 5. Being Concise and Removing Redundancy.- Chapter 6. Avoiding ambiguity and vagueness.- Chapter 7. Clarifying Who Did What.- Chapter 8. Highlighting Your Findings.- Chapter 9. Hedging and Criticising.- Chapter 10. Paraphrashing and Plagiarism.- Part 2. Sections of a Paper.- Chapter 11. Titles.- Chapter 12. Abstracts.- Chapter 13.- Introduction.- Chapter 14.- Review of the Literature.- Chapter 15.- Methods.- Chapter 16. Results.- Chapter 17. Discussion.- Chapter 18. Conclusions.- Chapter 19. Useful Phrases.- Chapter 20. The Final Check.- Links and References.- Acknowledgements.- About the Author.- Contact the Author.- Index.

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Adrian Wallwork is the author of more than 20 ELT and EAP textbooks. He has trained several thousand PhD students and academics from 35 countries to prepare and give presentations. Since 1984 he has been revising research papers, and in 2009 he set up -- a proofreading and editing service specifically for researchers.

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