Scientific Papers and Presentationsby Martha Davis, Kaaron Joann Davis, Marion Dunagan
Electronic publishing and electronic means of text and data presentation have changed enormously since the first edition of this book was published in 1997. The third edition of Scientific Papers and Presentations applies traditional principles to today's modern techniques and the changing needs of up-and-coming academia. Topics include/b>
Electronic publishing and electronic means of text and data presentation have changed enormously since the first edition of this book was published in 1997. The third edition of Scientific Papers and Presentations applies traditional principles to today's modern techniques and the changing needs of up-and-coming academia. Topics include designing visual aids, writing first drafts, reviewing and revising, communicating clearly and concisely, adhering to stylistic principles, presenting data in tables and figures, dealing with ethical and legal issues, and relating science to the lay audience. This successful legacy title is an essential guide to professional communication, provides a wealth of information and detail and is a useful guide.
- Covers all aspects of communication for early scientists from research to thesis to presentations.
- Discusses how to use multi-media effectively in presentations and communication
- Includes an extensive appendices section with detailed examples for further guidance
Description: Scientists must write and speak effectively to and beyond the scientific community and must adopt its conventions and standards. The third edition of this book introduces the semantic environment of the sciences and teaches how to write a proposal, dissertation, thesis, article, and abstract and how to develop and present papers and posters. Theory and practice inform the instruction.
Purpose: The book introduces common forms of communication, while answering questions, offering advice, and identifying additional resources. It functions as a survey, writing guide, reference work, and textbook, and the authors achieve worthwhile objectives: to foster skills in scientific writing and speaking and to minimize the frustrations of developing and delivering papers and presentations.
Audience: The authors, respected authorities in this area, have designed the book for novice or "fledgling" scientists, primarily graduate students, but it will, in my opinion, refresh and enrich the understanding of the more experienced. Students will find help in developing a dissertation, article, or poster, and faculty members will find assistance in advising students. The authors write for English-speaking American students, but address one chapter to "students coming to the United States from other cultures" and describe differences in languages and customs that affect communication.
Features: The first chapter discusses the semantic environment of science and communication theory, strongly emphasizing audience analysis: in short, author and audience must understand each other. Chapters discuss different types of communication, and the authors cover rough draft, literature review, style and accuracy, and publishing. Ample space is allotted to nonverbal communication and visuals, professionalism and ethics, and group communication. Attention to visual communication through slide and poster design is a strength. Fourteen appendixes offer very useful examples and additional instruction. Chapters could be grouped into larger sections to clarify their integral relationships.
Assessment: A respected work deserving high praise, this third edition a modest update and expansion accomplishes its purpose with style and good humor. Coverage is broad, and the guidance is sound. The book includes instruction in electronic communication, but could be strengthened by a section on digital trends, repositories, and open-access publishing. It is similar to How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper, 7th edition, Day and Gastel (Greenwood, 2011), but not as expansive as Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations, Hofmann (Oxford University Press, 2010). For additional insight on structure and style, see Scientific Writing = Thinking in Words, Lindsay (CSIRO, 2011), and, particularly, Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded, Schimel (Oxford University Press, 2012), a work that brings insights from storytelling to science writing.
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Meet the Author
After teaching English composition and world literature, Martha Davis crossed the line between the humanities and the sciences. Always an aficionado of biology and gardening, her interests led her to the biological and agricultural sciences where she has worked for some 15 years mostly with graduate students relative to their communication skills in science. This handbook is the result of seeking answers to their questions and of recognizing that most other communication handbooks are limited to specific areas of writing or speaking. Scientific Papers and Presentations is her attempt to put under one cover the basic guidelines for the communication endeavors of the graduate student as well as the professional scientist.
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