Eloquent Science: A Practical Guide to Becoming a Better Writer, Speaker, and Atmospheric Scientist

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Eloquent Science evolved from a workshop aimed at offering atmospheric science students formal guidance in communications, tailored for their eventual scientific careers. Drawing on advice from over twenty books and hundreds of other sources, this volume presents informative and often humorous tips for writing scientific journal articles, while also providing a peek behind the curtain into the operations of editorial boards and publishers of major journals. The volume focuses on writing, reviewing, and speaking and is aimed at the domain of the student or scientist at the start of her career. The volume offers tips on poster presentations, media communication, and advice for non-native speakers of English, as well as appendices on proper punctuation usage and commonly misunderstood meteorological concepts.  A further reading section at the end of each chapter suggests additional sources for the interested reader, and sidebars written by experts in the field offer diverse viewpoints on reference topics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781878220912
  • Publisher: American Meteorological Society
  • Publication date: 12/15/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 640,847
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

David M. Schultz is professor of experimental meteorology in the Department of Physics at the University of Helsinki and the Finnish Meteorological Institute. He has published on a wide range of topics in the field and is chief editor of the Monthly Weather Review, cofounder and assistant editor for the Electronic Journal of Severe Storms Meteorology, associate editor for Atmospheric Science Letters, and a member of the editorial board of Geophysica.

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Table of Contents



Foreword by Professor Kerry Emanuel, MIT

How to Use This Book

Introduction: An Incoherent Truth

Part I : Writing and Publishing Scientific Research Papers

1 The Process of Publishing Scientific Papers

2 Should You Publish Your Paper? Questions to Ask Before You Begin Writing

3 Writing an Effective Title

4 The Structure of a Scientific Paper

5 The Motivation to Write

6 Brainstorm, Outline, and First Draft

7 Accessible Scientific Writing

8 Constructing Effective Paragraphs

9 Constructing Effective Sentences

10 Using Effective Words and Phrases

11 Figures, Tables, and Equations

12 Citations and References

13 Editing and Finishing Up

14 Authorship and Its Responsibilities

15 Scientific Ethics and Misconduct

16 Guidance for English as a Second Language Authors and Their Coauthors

17 Page Proofs, Publication, and Life Thereafter

18 Methods and Approaches to Writing for the Atmospheric Sciences

Part II: Participating in Peer Review

19 Editors and Peer Review

20 Writing a Review

21 Responding to Reviews

Part III : Preparing and Delivering Scientific Presentations

22 How Scientific Meetings Work

23 The Abstract and Extended Abstract

24 Accessible Oral Presentations

25 Constructing Effective Oral Presentations

26 Delivering Compelling Oral Presentations

27 Potent Poster Presentations

28 Challenges to Delivering Your Presentation

Part IV: Communicating Throughout Your Career

29 Communication in the Workplace

30 Communication with the Public and Media

31 Furthering Your Journey

Part V: Appendices

A Commas, Hyphens, and Dashes

B Commonly Misused Scientific Words and Expressions


For Further Reading



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