Writing Scientific Research Articles: Strategy and Steps / Edition 1

Writing Scientific Research Articles: Strategy and Steps / Edition 1

by Margaret Cargill, Patrick O'Connor
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405186194

ISBN-13: 9781405186193

Pub. Date: 04/21/2009

Publisher: Wiley

This book shows scientists how to apply their analysis and synthesis skills to overcoming the challenge of how to write, as well as what to write, to maximise their chances of publishing in international scientific journals.

The book uses analysis of the scientific article genre to provide clear processes for writing each section of a

Overview

This book shows scientists how to apply their analysis and synthesis skills to overcoming the challenge of how to write, as well as what to write, to maximise their chances of publishing in international scientific journals.

The book uses analysis of the scientific article genre to provide clear processes for writing each section of a manuscript, starting with clear ‘story’ construction and packaging of results. Each learning step uses practical exercises to develop writing and data presentation skills based on reader analysis of well-written example papers. Strategies are presented for responding to referee comments, and for developing discipline-specific English language skills for manuscript writing and polishing.

The book is designed for scientists who use English as a first or an additional language, and for individual scientists or mentors or a class setting. In response to reader requests, the new edition includes review articles and the full range of research article formats, as well as applying the book’s principles to writing funding applications.

Web support for this book is available at www.writeresearch.com.au

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405186193
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/21/2009
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Preface.

Part 1: A Framework for success.

1 How the book is organised, and why.

1.1 Getting started with writing for international publication.

1.2 Publishing in the international literature.

1.3 Aims of this book.

1.4 How the book is structured.

2 Research article structures.

2.1 Conventional article structure: AIMRaD and its variations.

3 Referees’ criteria for evaluating manuscripts.

Part 2: When and how to write each article section.

4 Results as ‘story’: the key driver of an article.

5 Results: turning data into knowledge.

5.1 Figure, table or text?.

5.2 Designing figures.

5.3 Designing tables.

5.4 Figure legends and table titles.

6 Writing about Results.

6.1 Functions of Results sentences.

6.2 Verb tense in Results sections.

7 Methods sections.

7.1 Purpose of the Methods section.

7.2 Organising Methods sections.

7.3 Use of passive and active verbs.

8 Introductions.

8.1 Five ‘stages’ to a compelling Introduction.

8.2 Stage 1: Locating your project within an existing field of scientific research.

8.3 Using references in Stages 2 and 3.

8.4 Avoiding plagiarism when using others’ work.

8.5 Indicating the ‘gap’ or ‘research niche’.

8.6 Stage 4: The statement of purpose or main activity.

8.7 Suggested process for drafting an Introduction.

8.8 Editing for logical flow.

9 Discussion sections.

9.1 Information elements to highlight the key messages.

9.2 Negotiating the strength of claims.

10 Titles.

11 Abstracts.

Part 3: Getting your manuscript published.

12 Evaluating journals.

12.1 Considerations when selecting a target journal.

13 Submitting a manuscript.

14 How to respond to editors and referees.

14.1 Rules of thumb for responding to editors and referees.

14.2 How to deal with manuscript rejection.

14.3 How to deal with ‘conditional acceptance’ or ‘revise and resubmit’.

15 A Process for preparing a manuscript.

15.1 Initial preparation steps.

15.2 Editing procedures.

15.3 A pre-review checklist.

Part 4: Further developing your publication skills.

16 Skill development strategies for groups and individuals.

16.1 Journal clubs.

16.2 Writing groups.

16.3 Matching feedback strategies to different purposes.

16.4 Training for responding to reviewers.

17 Developing discipline-specific English skills.

17.1 Introduction.

17.2 What kind of English errors matter most?.

17.3 Strategic (and acceptable!) language re-use: Sentence templates.

17.4 More about Noun Phrases.

17.5 Concordancing: a tool for developing your discipline specific English.

17.6 Using the English articles (a/an, the) appropriately in science writing.

17.7 Using ‘which’ and ‘that’.

18 Answer pages.

19 References.

Part 5: Provided example articles.

20 Kaiser, B.N., Moreau, S., Castelli, J., Thomson, R., Lambert, A., Bogliolo, S., Puppo, A., & Day, D.A. (2003) The soybean NRAMP homologue, GmDMT1, is a symbiotic divalent metal transporter capable of ferrous iron transport. The Plant Journal, 35, 295-304.

21 Britton-Simmons, K.H. & Abbott, K.C. (2008) Short- and long-term effects of disturbance and propagule pressure on a biological invasion. Journal of Ecology, 96, 68-77.

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