How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper / Edition 7

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To be useful, scientific research needs to be explained clearly to others-to colleagues, to administrators, to foundations and governmental bodies, and to the public. This thoroughly revised edition of the classic How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper gives beginning scientists and experienced researchers alike practical advice on writing about their work and publishing what they write. The core of the book consists of a "how-to" guide to writing and publishing research articles for scientific journals, explaining every step of the process, from choosing a suitable journal for your work, to presenting the results and citing references. In addition to the information on writing for scientific journals, the book provides additional advice for the scientist of the 21st century: What ethical issues are important in scientific publishing? What should a scientist know about rights and permissions? How does a scientist write a grant proposal, or prepare progress reports for administrators? What should a scientist know to work well with the media, or to write for a general audience? All of this practical information makes How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper the essential guide for succeeding in today's competitive environment.

About the Author:
Robert A. Day is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Delaware, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in scientific writing from 1986 through 1999

About the Author:
Barbara Gastel is Associate Professor of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, Humanities in Medicine, and Biotechnology at Texas A&M University. She is editor of Science Editor, the periodical of the Council of ScienceEditors

"...popular and highly-regarded, the 5th edition details the explosive growth of the Internet, electronic publishing, software packages, and other technology changes, as well as updating chapters on preparing, writing, and submitting."

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From the reviews of the previous edition: ' … remains an excellent guide to the basics.' New Scientist

'However experienced one feels in the art of presenting their scientific research, this book should have something of use and interest to everyone.' SEB Bulletin

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313391972
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/16/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 200,373
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

ROBERT A. DAY is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Delaware, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in scientific writing from 1986 through 1999. He was previously Director of ISI Press, and served as Managing Editor of the Journal of Bacteriology and other journals published by the American Society for Microbiology. He is the author of Scientific English: A Guide for Scientists and Other Professionals, second edition (Greenwood, 1995).

BARBARA GASTEL is Associate Professor of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, Humanities in Medicine, and Biotechnology at Texas A&M University. She is the author of Presenting Science to the Public, Teaching Science: A Guide for College and Professional School Instructors, and Health Writer's Handbook. She is editor of Science Editor, the periodical of the Council of Science Editors.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Some preliminaries
Ch. 1 What is scientific writing? 3
Ch. 2 Historical perspectives 6
Ch. 3 Approaching a writing project 11
Ch. 4 What is a scientific paper? 18
Ch. 5 Ethics in scientific publishing 25
Ch. 6 Where to submit your manuscript 29
Pt. II Preparing the text
Ch. 7 How to prepare the title 39
Ch. 8 How to list the authors and addresses 45
Ch. 9 How to prepare the abstract 52
Ch. 10 How to write the introduction 56
Ch. 11 How to write the materials and methods section 60
Ch. 12 How to write the results 66
Ch. 13 How to write the discussion 69
Ch. 14 How to state the acknowledgments 73
Ch. 15 How to cite the references 75
Pt. III Preparing the tables and figures
Ch. 16 How to design effective tables 85
Ch. 17 How to prepare effective graphs 92
Ch. 18 How to prepare effective photographs 99
Pt. IV Publishing the paper
Ch. 19 Rights and permissions 107
Ch. 20 How to submit the manuscript 111
Ch. 21 The review process (how to deal with editors) 117
Ch. 22 The publishing process (how to deal with proofs) 130
Pt. V Doing other writing for publication
Ch. 23 How to write a review paper 141
Ch. 24 How to write opinion (book reviews, editorials, and letters to the editor) 146
Ch. 25 How to write a book chapter or a book 150
Ch. 26 How to write for the public 158
Pt. VI Conference communications
Ch. 27 How to present a paper orally 167
Ch. 28 How to prepare a poster 173
Ch. 29 How to write a conference report 178
Pt. VII Scientific style
Ch. 30 Use and misuse of English 185
Ch. 31 Avoiding jargon 199
Ch. 32 How and when to use abbreviations 206
Ch. 33 Writing clearly across cultures and media 210
Ch. 34 How to write science in English as a foreign language 215
Pt. VIII Other topics in scientific communication
Ch. 35 How to write a thesis 223
Ch. 36 How to prepare a curriculum vitae 227
Ch. 37 How to prepare grant proposals and progress reports 233
Ch. 38 How to write a recommendation letter - and how to ask for one 241
Ch. 39 How to work with the media 246
Ch. 40 How to provide peer review 250
Ch. 41 How to seek a scientific-communication career 256
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