Scientific Papers and Presentations: Navigating Scientific Communication in Today's World / Edition 2

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Overview

For the second edition of SCIENTIFIC PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS the text has been completely overhauled with references updated and new materials and new approaches incorporated into every chapter. A new chapter has been added dealing with communication issues of international students.

Communication skills are among the qualities most prized by those who hire and promote scientists. A few of the benefits of this book include:
* Improving your skills for employability
* Increasing your confidence in oral communication
* Producing a thesis / journal article / proposal / review
* Making your visual aids and presentations more effective
* Constructing posters for scientific meetings

Convenient, easy-to-use chapters and written in a conversational tone, this book provides practical instruction for ▪ 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 ▪ Relating science to the lay audience ▪

About the author:
The author, Martha Davis, has dedicated the past twenty-five years to developing communication skills in hundreds of graduate-level scientists. She teaches Scientific Writing and Scientific Presentations classes and has reviewed and edited hundreds of scientific papers and presentations. This book stems from answering the questions that graduate students ask.

Audience:
Scientific Papers and Presentations is an essential guide for all science graduates but especially those involved in Biology, Agriculture, Chemistry, Engineering or Health Sciences. The book can be used as a text for courses and seminars, plus it is also a valuable handy reference for anyone working in a scientific field.

Audience: Ideal for graduate, advanced undergraduate, postdoctoral, newly established investigators, and researchers in all areas of science. Applicable to anyone seeking assistance with writing and speaking skills to advance in their scientific careers.

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Editorial Reviews

Michael M. Ravitch
This is a guide to writing and communications. The first few chapters guide and explain in detail the organization of the communication, literature review, research proposal, and thesis; other chapters address editing and publishing, style, format, illustrations and tables, and types of communication. This book is intended to educate and assist beginning scientists in various forms of communication. The intended audience is science graduate students, but this guide would also be useful for undergraduate science students, medical students, residents, postdoctoral students, and science scholars early in their careers. This book provides numerous examples to illustrate educational objectives about communication. Brief examples are presented in each chapter and more detailed examples in the appendices. All figures and illustrations are well done and contribute to the purpose of this book. Useful references are provided. For its purpose, this book rests more on its didactic content than on references or illustrations, and the content is complete and excellent. This book is outstanding in its clarity and quality. Every section is highly readable, well organized, and concise. The author provides a clear rationale for the methods she advocates. The examples and explanations suffice to help a beginner to develop effective communication skills and to help more experienced scientists become more effective in their communications. Many alternative references are available, but this book would be my first choice for advanced college students or graduate students, including medical students and residents. The book itself is an outstanding example of effective written communication.
From The Critics
Reviewer:Michael M. Ravitch, PhD(Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine)
Description:This is a guide to writing and communications. The first few chapters guide and explain in detail the organization of the communication, literature review, research proposal, and thesis; other chapters address editing and publishing, style, format, illustrations and tables, and types of communication.
Purpose:This book is intended to educate and assist beginning scientists in various forms of communication.
Audience:The intended audience is science graduate students, but this guide would also be useful for undergraduate science students, medical students, residents, postdoctoral students, and science scholars early in their careers.
Features:This book provides numerous examples to illustrate educational objectives about communication. Brief examples are presented in each chapter and more detailed examples in the appendices. All figures and illustrations are well done and contribute to the purpose of this book. Useful references are provided. For its purpose, this book rests more on its didactic content than on references or illustrations, and the content is complete and excellent.
Assessment:This book is outstanding in its clarity and quality. Every section is highly readable, well organized, and concise. The author provides a clear rationale for the methods she advocates. The examples and explanations suffice to help a beginner to develop effective communication skills and to help more experienced scientists become more effective in their communications. Many alternative references are available, butthis book would be my first choice for advanced college students or graduate students, including medical students and residents. The book itself is an outstanding example of effective written communication.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780120884247
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 10/1/2004
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.78 (d)

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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Table of Contents

1 The semantic environment of science
2 Before you begin
3 Organizing and writing a rough draft
4 Searching and reviewing scientific literature
5 The proposal
6 The graduate thesis
7 Publishing in scientific journals
8 Style and accuracy in the final draft
9 Reviewing and revising
10 Titles and abstracts
11 Presenting data
12 Ethical and legal issues
13 Scientific presentations
14 Communication without words
15 Visual aids to communication
16 The oral presentation
17 Poster presentations
18 Group communications
19 Communicating with other audiences
20 To the international student
App Weaknesses in scientific writing
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