Knowing how to prepare, write and publish high-quality research papers can be challenging for scientists at all stages of their career. Scientific Writing and Publishing guides readers through successfully framing and presenting research findings, as well as the processes involved in publishing in learned journals. It draws on the author's wealth of practical experience, from working in academic research for over 40 years and teaching scientific writing in over 20 countries, to gaining insights as a journal editor. Well-written and logical, it provides clear step-by-step instructions to enable readers to become more effective at writing articles, and navigating difficulties related to journal submission, the review process, editing and publication. It comprehensively covers themes such as publication ethics, along with current topics including Open Access publishing and pre-print servers. This is a useful, user-friendly guide for graduate students, early career scientists, and more experienced researchers, particularly in the life and medical sciences.
1. General features of a scientific paper - structure and format
2. The typical scientific paper - a published paper with annotations
3. Results - presenting your findings
4. Discussion - the place to argue your case
5. Introduction - the first main section of a paper
6. Materials and methods
7. Abstract - the summary of the main findings
8. The 'smaller' sections that complete a paper
9. Figures and tables
11. Submission of manuscripts
12. Peer-review - the crux of the problem in publishing papers
13. The last stages of the editorial process - decisions, revisions, and final editing
14. From acceptance to publication
16. Ethics and scientific integrity
Denys N. Wheatley is a retired academic who has spent over 40 years in research on the cellular basis of cancer and has taught scientific writing in over 20 countries. He is Chairman and Director of BioMedES Ltd, a company focused on providing non-native English-speaking authors with help in preparing their scientific papers. He has published six books and over 300 scientific and medical papers, and has edited five journals. He was the Editor-in-Chief of Cell Biology International (Wiley) for 20 years.
"Denys Wheatley has addressed an important issue – the writing up of findings. His manual is comprehensive, concise, and timely. It is truly an excellent piece of work. The manual will not only benefit native speakers wishing to publish scientific papers, but also non-native speakers. I will make this manual mandatory reading for all young scientists in my department before they attempt to write up their results."
– Wolfgang H. Goldmann, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität, Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany
"Professor Denys Wheatley's Manual is a must-read for any Ph.D. student, researcher or scientist writing and publishing scientific papers. Not only is it the perfect primer for a first-time scientific writer, but also a complete guide for professionals. As a French-speaking biochemist, I did not encounter any difficulties in understanding this manual, and that is why it is certainly a stepping-stone for my research career."
– Nadia Bouktit, University A Mira of Béjaïa, Algeria
"This much-needed book is clear, succinct and comprehensive, it gives the inexperienced (and indeed the more experienced) scientific author sound practical guidance at every step in the process, from planning and drafting the manuscript [...] It is this comprehensiveness and common-sense practicality that distinguishes it from other guides to scientific writing. I would happily recommend it to research students and post-docs, and I wish it had been available when I first embarked on a career in science."
– Mark P. Henderson, Formerly at Napier University, Edinburgh
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– Laurent Jaeken, Karel de Grote University College, Antwerp University Association, Antwerp, Belgium
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– Tom Ireland, Editor, The Biologist, Managing Editor, Royal Society of Biology
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– James S. Clegg, Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of California, Davis, USA
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– Cynthia Jensen, University of Auckland, New Zealand
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– Attila Miseta, Dean of the Medical University, Pécs, Hungary