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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. 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 Publisher
"The book specifically lays out ideal techniques for scientific writing. It is easy to follow and has an excellent table of contents and appendix...This book will be beneficial not just to scientists, but anyone who struggles with their writing."—Technical Communication, August 2013
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Reviewer: Frank R Ames, Ph.D.(Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine)
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.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780122063701
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (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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