Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded


Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded Author Joshua Schimel
ISBN-10 0199760241
ISBN-13 9780199760244
Year 2011-11-29
Pages 240
Language English
Publisher Oxford University Press
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As a scientist you are a professional writer your career is built on successful proposals and papers Success isn t defined by getting papers into print but by getting them into the reader s consciousness Writing Science is built upon the idea that successful science writing tells a story It uses that insight to discuss how to write more effectively Integrating lessons from other genres of writing with those from the author s years of experience as author reviewer and editor the book shows scientists and students how to present their research in a way that is clear and that will maximize reader comprehension The book takes an integrated approach using the principles of story structure to discuss every aspect of successful science writing from the overall structure of a paper or proposal to individual sections paragraphs sentences and words It begins by building core arguments analyzing why some stories are engaging and memorable while others are quickly forgotten and proceeds to the elements of story structure showing how the structures scientists and researchers use in papers and proposals fit into classical models The book targets the internal structure of a paper explaining how to write clear and professional sections paragraphs and sentences in a way that is clear and compelling The ideas within a paper should flow seamlessly drawing readers along The final section of the book deals with special challenges such as how to discuss research limitations and how to write for the public Writing Science is a much needed guide to succeeding in modern science Its insights and strategies will equip science students scientists and professionals across a wide range of scientific and technical fields with the tools needed to communicate effectively

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