Writing Science

How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded
Author: Joshua Schimel
Publisher: OUP USA
ISBN: 0199760233
Category: Mathematics
Page: 221
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"Writing Science is built upon the idea that successful science writing tells a story, and it uses that insight to discuss how to write more effectively. Integrating lessons from other genres of writing and years of experience as author, reviewer, and editor, Joshua Schimel shows scientists and students how to present their research in a way that is clear and that will maximize reader comprehension ... Writing Science is a much-needed guide to succeeding in modern science. Its insights and strategies will equip science students, scientists, and professionals across a wide range of scientific and technical fields with the tools needed to communicate effectively and successfully in a competitive industry."--Back cover.

Writing Science

How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded
Author: Joshua Schimel
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199909512
Category: Science
Page: 240
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As a scientist, you are a professional writer: your career is built on successful proposals and papers. Success isn't defined by getting papers into print, but by getting them into the reader's consciousness. Writing Science is built upon the idea that successful science writing tells a story. It uses that insight to discuss how to write more effectively. Integrating lessons from other genres of writing with those from the author's years of experience as author, reviewer, and editor, the book shows scientists and students how to present their research in a way that is clear and that will maximize reader comprehension. The book takes an integrated approach, using the principles of story structure to discuss every aspect of successful science writing, from the overall structure of a paper or proposal to individual sections, paragraphs, sentences, and words. It begins by building core arguments, analyzing why some stories are engaging and memorable while others are quickly forgotten, and proceeds to the elements of story structure, showing how the structures scientists and researchers use in papers and proposals fit into classical models. The book targets the internal structure of a paper, explaining how to write clear and professional sections, paragraphs, and sentences in a way that is clear and compelling. The ideas within a paper should flow seamlessly, drawing readers along. The final section of the book deals with special challenges, such as how to discuss research limitations and how to write for the public. Writing Science is a much-needed guide to succeeding in modern science. Its insights and strategies will equip science students, scientists, and professionals across a wide range of scientific and technical fields with the tools needed to communicate effectively.

Writing Science

How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded
Author: Joshua Schimel
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199399123
Category: Science
Page: 240
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As a scientist, you are a professional writer: your career is built on successful proposals and papers. Success isn't defined by getting papers into print, but by getting them into the reader's consciousness. Writing Science is built upon the idea that successful science writing tells a story. It uses that insight to discuss how to write more effectively. Integrating lessons from other genres of writing with those from the author's years of experience as author, reviewer, and editor, the book shows scientists and students how to present their research in a way that is clear and that will maximize reader comprehension. The book takes an integrated approach, using the principles of story structure to discuss every aspect of successful science writing, from the overall structure of a paper or proposal to individual sections, paragraphs, sentences, and words. It begins by building core arguments, analyzing why some stories are engaging and memorable while others are quickly forgotten, and proceeds to the elements of story structure, showing how the structures scientists and researchers use in papers and proposals fit into classical models. The book targets the internal structure of a paper, explaining how to write clear and professional sections, paragraphs, and sentences in a way that is clear and compelling. The ideas within a paper should flow seamlessly, drawing readers along. The final section of the book deals with special challenges, such as how to discuss research limitations and how to write for the public. Writing Science is a much-needed guide to succeeding in modern science. Its insights and strategies will equip science students, scientists, and professionals across a wide range of scientific and technical fields with the tools needed to communicate effectively.

How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper


Author: Robert Day,Barbara Gastel
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107670748
Category: Science
Page: 300
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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.

The Craft of Scientific Presentations

Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid
Author: Michael Alley
Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media
ISBN: 1441982795
Category: Science
Page: 286
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The Craft of Scientific Presentations, 2nd edition aims to strengthen you as a presenter of science and engineering. The book does so by identifying what makes excellent presenters such as Brian Cox, Jane Goodall, Richard Feynman, and Jill Bolte Taylor so strong. In addition, the book explains what causes so many scientific presentations to flounder. One of the most valuable contributions of this text is that it teaches the assertion-evidence approach to scientific presentations. Instead of building presentations, as most engineers and scientists do, on the weak foundation of topic phrases and bulleted lists, this assertion-evidence approach calls for building presentations on succinct message assertions supported by visual evidence. Unlike the commonly followed topic-subtopic approach that PowerPoint leads presenters to use, the assertion-evidence approach is solidly grounded in research. By showing the differences between strong and weak presentations, by identifying the errors that scientific presenters typically make, and by teaching a much more powerful approach for scientific presentations than what is commonly practiced, this book places you in a position to elevate your presentations to a high level. In essence, this book aims to have you not just succeed in your scientific presentations, but excel. About the Author Michael Alley has taught workshops on presentations to engineers and scientists on five continents, and has recently been invited to speak at the European Space Organization, Harvard Medical School, MIT, Sandia National Labs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Simula Research Laboratory, and United Technologies. An Associate Professor of engineering communication at Pennsylvania State University, Alley is a leading researcher on the effectiveness of different designs for presentation slides.

Writing for Science


Author: Robert Goldbort
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300117936
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
Page: 330
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This book encompasses the entire range of writing skills that today's experimental scientist may need to employ. Chapters cover routine forms, such as laboratory notes, abstracts, and memoranda; dissertations; journal articles; and grant proposals. Robert Goldbort discusses how best to approach various writing tasks as well as how to deal with the everyday complexities that may get in the way of ideal practice--difficult collaborators, experiments gone wrong, funding rejections. He underscores the importance of an ethical approach to science and scientific communication and insists on the necessity of full disclosure.

Scientific Writing = Thinking in Words


Author: David Lindsay
Publisher: CSIRO PUBLISHING
ISBN: 064310223X
Category: Science
Page: 128
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Telling people about research is just as important as doing it. But many researchers, who, in all other respects, are competent scientists, are afraid of writing. They are wary of the unwritten rules, the unspoken dogma and the inexplicably complex style, all of which seem to pervade conventional thinking about scientific writing. This book has been written to expose these phantoms as largely smoke and mirrors, and replace them with principles that make communicating research easier and encourage researchers to write confidently. It presents a way of thinking about writing that emulates the way good scientists think about research. It concentrates on the structure of articles, rather than simply on grammar and syntax. So, it is an ideal reference for researchers preparing articles for scientific journals, posters, conference presentations, reviews and popular articles; for students preparing theses; and for researchers whose first language is not English. Scientific Writing = Thinking in Words expounds principles that produce scientific articles in a wide range of disciplines that are focussed, concise and, best of all, easy to write and read. As one senior scientist observed, ‘This book not only made me a better writer; it made me a better scientist’.

The Scientist's Guide to Writing

How to Write More Easily and Effectively throughout Your Scientific Career
Author: Stephen B. Heard
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 1400881145
Category: Science
Page: 320
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The ability to write clearly is critical to any scientific career. The Scientist's Guide to Writing provides practical advice to help scientists become more effective writers so that their ideas have the greatest possible impact. Drawing on his own experience as a scientist, graduate adviser, and editor, Stephen Heard emphasizes that the goal of all scientific writing should be absolute clarity; that good writing takes deliberate practice; and that what many scientists need are not long lists of prescriptive rules but rather direct engagement with their behaviors and attitudes when they write. He combines advice on such topics as how to generate and maintain writing momentum with practical tips on structuring a scientific paper, revising a first draft, handling citations, responding to peer reviews, managing coauthorships, and more. In an accessible, informal tone, The Scientist's Guide to Writing explains essential techniques that students, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career scientists need to write more clearly, efficiently, and easily. Emphasizes writing as a process, not just a product Encourages habits that improve motivation and productivity Explains the structure of the scientific paper and the function of each part Provides detailed guidance on submission, review, revision, and publication Addresses issues related to coauthorship, English as a second language, and more

Marketing for Scientists

How to Shine in Tough Times
Author: Marc J. Kuchner
Publisher: Island Press
ISBN: 1610911733
Category: Science
Page: 248
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It's a tough time to be a scientist: universities are shuttering science departments, federal funding agencies are facing flat budgets, and many newspapers have dropped their science sections altogether. But according to Marc Kuchner, this antiscience climate doesn't have to equal a career death knell-it just means scientists have to be savvier about promoting their work and themselves. In Marketing for Scientists, he provides clear, detailed advice about how to land a good job, win funding, and shape the public debate. As an astrophysicist at NASA, Kuchner knows that "marketing" can seem like a superficial distraction, whether your daily work is searching for new planets or seeking a cure for cancer. In fact, he argues, it's a critical component of the modern scientific endeavor, not only advancing personal careers but also society's knowledge. Kuchner approaches marketing as a science in itself. He translates theories about human interaction and sense of self into methods for building relationships-one of the most critical skills in any profession. And he explains how to brand yourself effectively-how to get articles published, give compelling presentations, use social media like Facebook and Twitter, and impress potential employers and funders. Like any good scientist, Kuchner bases his conclusions on years of study and experimentation. In Marketing for Scientists, he distills the strategies needed to keep pace in a Web 2.0 world.

The Craft of Scientific Writing


Author: Michael Alley
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1441982884
Category: Science
Page: 298
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The Craft of Scientific Writing is designed to help scientists and engineers - both professionals already active in the disciplines as well as students preparing to enter the professions - write about their work clearly and effectively. Written for use as a text in courses on scientific writing, the book includes many useful suggestions about approaching a wide variety of writing tasks from journal papers to grant proposals and from emails to formal reports, as well as a concise guide to style and usage appropriate for scientific writing. Also useful for self-study, the book will be an important reference for all scientists and engineers who need to write about their work. With this new and updated fourth edition, while most technical writing texts have gotten larger over the years, this one has streamlined, to provide busy readers with the essence of what distinguishes the style of the best scientific documents. With this new edition, readers will learn not just how to organize information, but how to emphasize the key details of that information. Also, readers will not just learn how to cast their ideas into precise and clear sentences, but how to connect these sentences in an energetic fashion. In the section on language, the new edition goes into much depth about how to make connections between ideas: an important issue that few technical writing texts address. Moreover, the new edition integrates the discussion of illustrations with language because those two aspects of style are so intertwined. Finally, the new edition does a better job of explaining how to make the process of writing more efficient. From a review of the first edition: "A refreshing addition to a genre dominated by English teacher-style textbooks. Instead of listing rules that constrain writers, the book uses examples to lay out the path to successful communication ... Especially helpful (and entertaining) is the chapter on the writing process. Anyone who has spent more time avoiding a writing task than actually doing it will appreciate Alley's tips." –Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Deputy Director of Flight Crew Operations, Johnson Space Center

How To Write a Paper


Author: George M. Hall
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 1118488733
Category: Medical
Page: 176
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This concise paperback is one of the best known guides to writing a paper for publication in biomedical journals. Its straightforward format – a chapter covering each of part of the structured abstract – makes it relevant and easy to use for any novice paper writer. How to Write a Paper addresses the mechanics of submission, including electronic submission, and how publishers handle papers, writing letters to journals abstracts for scientific meetings, and assessing papers. This new edition also covers how to write a book review and updated chapters on ethics, electronic publication and submission, and the movement for open access.

Science Research Writing for Non-native Speakers of English


Author: Hilary Glasman-Deal
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 184816310X
Category: Reference
Page: 257
View: 2007

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Designed to enable non-native English speakers to write science research for publication in English, this book is intended as a do-it-yourself guide for those whose English language proficiency is above intermediate. It guides them through the process of writing science research and also helps with writing a Master's or Doctoral thesis in English

Scientific Writing 2.0

A Reader and Writer's Guide
Author: Jean-Luc Lebrun
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 9814458759
Category: Art
Page: 280
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The book helps scientists write papers for scientific journals. Using the key parts of typical scientific papers (Title, Abstract, Introduction, Visuals, Structure, and Conclusions), it shows through numerous examples, how to achieve the essential qualities required in scientific writing, namely being clear, concise, convincing, fluid, interesting, and organized. To enable the writer to assess whether these parts are well written from a reader's perspective, the book also offers practical metrics in the form of six checklists, and even an original Java application to assist in the evaluation. The focus of the book is on self- and reader-assisted assessment of the scientific journal article. It is also the first time that a book on scientific writing takes a human factor view of the reading task and the reader scientist. By revealing and addressing the physiological causes that create substantial reading difficulties, namely limited reader memory, attention span, and patience, the book guarantees that writing will gain the much coveted reader-centered quality. Contents:The Reading Toolkit:Require Less from MemorySustain Attention to Ensure Continuous ReadingReduce Reading TimeKeep the Reader MotivatedBridge the Knowledge GapSet the Reader's ExpectationsSet Progression Tracks for Fluid ReadingDetect Sentence Fluidity ProblemsControl Reading Energy ConsumptionPaper Structure and Purpose:Title: The Face of Your PaperAbstract: The Heart of Your PaperHeadings-Subheadings: The Skeleton of Your PaperIntroduction: The Hands of Your PaperIntroduction Part II: Popular TrapsVisuals: The Voice of Your PaperConclusions: The Smile of Your PaperAdditional Resources for the Avid Learner Readership: Students, professional scientists and researchers. Keywords:Scientific Writing;Technical Writing;Written Scientific Communication;Writing Skills;Scientific Journal Paper;Scientific Article;Peer-Review;Fluid Writing;Academic WritingKey Features:The book's chapters on how to achieve fluidity in writing are ground breaking. Fluidity in scientific writing is what enables readers to sail through a scientific paper without major reading accidentsThe metrics that cover 6 major parts of a scientific paper, and the software application that facilitate the self-evaluation are also ground breakingA chapter on online resources augments this second editionReviews: “This guide will be of use to many scientists, both new and familiar to the art of scientific writing. Consideration of the advice provided further develops the analytical reading skills required to critically review the work of others, as well as helping with the preparation of your own future articles.” Chemistry World

Writing Science in Plain English


Author: Anne E. Greene
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022602640X
Category: Reference
Page: 128
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Scientific writing is often dry, wordy, and difficult to understand. But, as Anne E. Greene shows in Writing Science in Plain English,writers from all scientific disciplines can learn to produce clear, concise prose by mastering just a few simple principles. This short, focused guide presents a dozen such principles based on what readers need in order to understand complex information, including concrete subjects, strong verbs, consistent terms, and organized paragraphs. The author, a biologist and an experienced teacher of scientific writing, illustrates each principle with real-life examples of both good and bad writing and shows how to revise bad writing to make it clearer and more concise. She ends each chapter with practice exercises so that readers can come away with new writing skills after just one sitting. Writing Science in Plain English can help writers at all levels of their academic and professional careers—undergraduate students working on research reports, established scientists writing articles and grant proposals, or agency employees working to follow the Plain Writing Act. This essential resource is the perfect companion for all who seek to write science effectively.

The Research Funding Toolkit

How to Plan and Write Successful Grant Applications
Author: Jacqueline Aldridge,Andrew M Derrington
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 1446290182
Category: Reference
Page: 224
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Writing high quality grant applications is easier when you know how research funding agencies work and how your proposal is treated in the decision-making process. The Research Funding Toolkit provides this knowledge and teaches you the necessary skills to write high quality grant applications. A complex set of factors determine whether research projects win grants. This handbook helps you understand these factors and then face and overcome your personal barriers to research grant success. The guidance also extends to real-world challenges of grant-writing, such as obtaining the right feedback, dealing effectively with your employer and partner institutions, and making multiple applications efficiently. There are many sources that will tell you what a fundable research grant application looks like. Very few help you learn the skills you need to write one. The Toolkit fills this gap with detailed advice on creating and testing applications that are readable, understandable and convincing.

'The Grant Writer''s Handbook'

How to Write a Research Proposal and Succeed
Author: Gerard M Crawley,Eoin Osullivan
Publisher: World Scientific
ISBN: 1783267615
Category: Science
Page: 252
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' The Grant Writer''s Handbook: How to Write a Research Proposal and Succeed provides useful and practical advice on all aspects of proposal writing, including developing proposal ideas, drafting the proposal, dealing with referees, and budgeting. The authors base their advice on many years of experience writing and reviewing proposals in many different countries at various levels of scientific maturity. The book describes the numerous kinds of awards available from funding agencies, in particular large collaborative grants involving a number of investigators, and addresses the practical impact of a grant, which is often required of proposals. In addition, information is provided about selection of reviewers and the mechanics of organizing a research grant competition to give the proposal writer the necessary background information. The book includes key comments from a number of experts and is essential reading for anyone writing a research grant proposal. The Grant Writer''s Handbook''s companion website, featuring regularly updated resources and helpful links, can be found at www.ifm.eng.cam.ac.uk/research/grant-writers-handbook/. Contents:IntroductionThe Research IdeaThe Review ProcessDrafting the ProposalRe-Drafting the ProposalPartnershipsImpactReferencing, Plagiarism and Intellectual PropertyThe BudgetAddressing Reviewers CommentsSpecial Grant CompetitionsManaging the AwardOrganizing a Research Proposal CompetitionGeneral Advice/Guidance on Grant Writing: Links Readership: Graduate students and researchers looking to obtain and manage research grants. Key Features:Provides practical advice on writing a research grant proposal and includes many key comments from experienced researchers and reviewersAuthors have extensive experience in a number of countries with reviewing proposals from local scientistsBook covers all aspects of writing and managing a grant with examples drawn from a variety of countriesKeywords:Research Grant;Proposal;Funding;Reviews;Reviewers;Grant Competition;Budgets "Comprehensive and practical are the words that come to mind. It is easy to read with a good ''pace'' of information per paragraph. Lots of insider insights ... well done ... It is a very good book." Professor Frank Gannon Queensland Institute of Molecular Research (QIMR) Berghofer, Australia "This book is very useful not only for young scientists but also established or experienced scientists; also for funding agency staff, science politicians, university officers, even reviewers ... his may be a bible for fund writing. It is really a marvelous book." Professor Yukihiro Osaki Kwansei Gakuin University, Japan & winner of the 2014 Bomem-Michelson Award "The book is truly unique; perfect for a novice researcher who has to find his way through a maze to finally achieve funding for his laboratory, and perfect for the experienced researcher who gets involved in a large collaboration." Professor Charles Glashausser Rutgers University "Especially insightful, chapter 7 will be particularly helpful to writers of large, collaborative grants that require proof of socio-economic impact. Crawley and O''Sullivan include a list of resources in the Appendix to direct the reader to many sources of useful information. This list and the helpful advice in the book should help any reader write a better grant application." Dr Virginia A Unkefer Manager, Academic Writing Services King Abdullah University of Science and Technology '

Getting Science Grants

Effective Strategies for Funding Success
Author: Thomas R. Blackburn
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
ISBN: 9780787967468
Category: Science
Page: 160
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Getting Science Grants is your hands-on guide to writing compelling proposals that will attract funding. Written by Thomas Blackburn— a scientist, experienced grantmaker, and consultant— this book provides a step-by-step process for writing grants to support your research projects. Getting Science Grants offers you an insider's look at the motivations and inner workings of the scientific grantmaking community. No matter what your scientific discipline, Getting Science Grants will help you develop the skills you need to write dynamic proposals and Learn the qualities that distinguish outstanding proposals Write each section of the proposal clearly and persuasively Choose the funding agencies that will give you the best chance of winning support Avoid common pitfalls and mistakes when writing proposals Develop productive relationships with funders Reduce the chances of being turned down by funders Succeed after securing your grant

A PhD Is Not Enough!

A Guide to Survival in Science
Author: Peter J. Feibelman
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0465025331
Category: Reference
Page: 176
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Despite your graduate education, brainpower, and technical prowess, your career in scientific research is far from assured. Permanent positions are scarce, science survival is rarely part of formal graduate training, and a good mentor is hard to find. In A Ph.D. Is Not Enough!, physicist Peter J. Feibelman lays out a rational path to a fulfilling long-term research career. He offers sound advice on selecting a thesis or postdoctoral adviser; choosing among research jobs in academia, government laboratories, and industry; preparing for an employment interview; and defining a research program. The guidance offered in A Ph.D. Is Not Enough! will help you make your oral presentations more effective, your journal articles more compelling, and your grant proposals more successful. A classic guide for recent and soon-to-be graduates, A Ph.D. Is Not Enough! remains required reading for anyone on the threshold of a career in science. This new edition includes two new chapters and is revised and updated throughout to reflect how the revolution in electronic communication has transformed the field.

Designing Science Presentations

A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and More
Author: Matt Carter
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 0123859700
Category: Medical
Page: 384
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Designing Science Presentations guides researchers and graduate students of virtually any discipline in the creation of compelling science communication. Most scientists never receive formal training in the creation, delivery, and evaluation of such material, yet it is essential for publishing in high-quality journals, soliciting funding, attracting lab personnel, and advancing a career. This clear, readable volume fills that gap and provides visually intensive guidance at every step—from the construction of original figures to the presentation and delivery of those figures in papers, slideshows, posters, and websites. It provides pragmatic advice on the preparation and delivery of exceptional scientific presentations; demonstrates hundreds of visually striking presentation techniques, giving readers inspiration for creating their own; and is structured so that readers can easily find answers to particular questions. Clear heading for each section indicates its message, highlighted with graphic illustrations Two summary paragraphs that complement the visual images and clearly discuss the main point Numerous examples of high-quality figures, page layouts, slides, posters, and web pages to help stimulate readers' ideas for their own presentations Numerous "before and after" examples to illustrate the contrast between poor and outstanding presentations