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How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper [Paperback]

by Robert A. Day, Barbara Gastel
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March 30, 2006 0313330409 978-0313330407 6

To be useful, scientific research needs to be explained clearly to others—to colleagues, to administrators, to foundations and governmental bodies, and to the public. This thoroughly revised edition of the classic How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper gives beginning scientists and experienced researchers alike practical advice on writing about their work and publishing what they write. The core of the book consists of a how-to guide to writing and publishing research articles for scientific journals, explaining every step of the process, from choosing a suitable journal for your work to presenting the results and citing references. In addition to the information on writing for scientific journals, this book provides additional advice for the scientist of the 21st century. All of this practical information makes How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper the essential guide that scientists need for succeeding in the competitive environment of today. Outside North America, a cloth edition is available through Greenwood International UK and a paperback edition through Cambridge University Press UK.

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"Dr. Gastel addresses questions on a range of issues impacting today's scientific publishing world, including writing clearly across cultures and media; writing science in English as a foreign language; providing peer review; and how to work with the media....Academics and researchers, as well as authors, editors, and publishers of scientific papers, should gain a wealth of insights from one of the industry's leading thinkers." - --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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A completely revised and updated edition of the best-selling guide to science writing.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood; 6 edition (March 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313330409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313330407
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,164 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best book for publishing scientific results July 26, 2007
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This is the all-in-one reference every newcomer (and experienced) researcher should read to learn how to effectively write scientific papers.

The writing style is extremely clear and concise, presenting the most important concepts and advices in a very straightforward way. Contents are organized in very short chapters, so you can immediately get the picture and start improving your skills. It also has many funny stories and comics that help you enjoy the reading.

In brief: if you want to master in good scientific papers, budget proposals, writing your doctoral thesis, good presentations... This should be your first choice.

Final note for non-native English speakers/writers like me: you will find invaluable references at the end of the book about how to use adequate connectors and expressions, as well as a whole chapter specifically devoted to how to write science in English as a second language.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
I think this book is great even if you already have experience writing scientific papers and have published. It certainly opened my eyes to things I should keep in mind when writing for a journal. I'd recommend it to anybody. I'd also like to add that I am currently taking a scientific writing course and the professor mentioned that in his opinion, this is the best scientific writing book he has come across.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Ekorn
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Having lost my copy of D. Lindsay's (1995) "A guide to scientific writing", which sadly is out of print, I opted for this book as a replacement. I can safely say that this book taught me nothing I didn't know or couldn't learn from journals' Guides to authors, nor did it inspire any new enthusiasm. A book on scientific writing should not be wordy and boring; its strained attempts at baseball humour did little to lift the mood. Visit a used book store and get Lindsay's book instead, a gem collection of wisdom that almost reads itself. All you'll be missing is the Internet age, on which Day & Gastel have precious little to offer.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect! August 26, 2006
By Sam
I love this book, because it gets right to the point without any foreplay. The author is brief and tells you exactly what you need to do. It covers everything from writing papers to CVs to oral presentations. Very useful!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than excellent! December 19, 2006
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I find this book, how to write and publish a scientific paper, is required for all scientists. The book simply covers everything that you need to communicate in scientific field. The book is well-written in rational order and provides answers for every question related to scientific communications. I do recommend also Scientific English by Dr. R. A Day along with this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best resource for getting published in the sciences December 7, 2011
By bforn
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I bought this book a few years ago when I was preparing to write my first scientific article for journal submission. This book is a step-by-step guide for practically every section present in a scientific paper. There is so much helpful information! I honestly know that without this book I would not have been able to finish my article and have it accepted for publication.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good resource for scientists July 25, 2009
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This is a good book, especially for the novice. I really liked the brevity of the chapters -- this makes it an excellent reference material for scientific writing. The writers do have great sense of humor, which makes the reading more enjoyable.

I gave it 3 stars because I had much higher expectations for this book after reading all the great reviews. I would strongly recommend a book of its kind to everyone in the sciences, but it does not have to be this one.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good help May 8, 2008
the book has been very helpful not only for writing papers, but also for the correct writing of my thesis dissertation. It has lots of useful advices and examples, which are presented with a great sense of humor. I really had fun reading the book. Strongly recommended for anyone who's involved in scientific writing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars More voluminous than the earlier edition, but still a good buy
This is a second copy I purchased for a gift to a fellow colleague in Scientific Research. A much earlier edition had served me well in my graduate school. Read more
Published 5 months ago by M. E. G. M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Humorous and packed with science-specific information.
I just started grad school in Environmental Science and this book has already been immensely helpful. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ezra Citron
3.0 out of 5 stars just a type of writing style
My previous mentor recommended this book, but I don't agree all of the contents.
When one look at scientific articles, not all papers follow this pattern. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Teayoun, KIM
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book.
The author here uses a very realistic approach to describe the common errors writers usually make and give very helpful examples to make your writing more efficient and, above all,... Read more
Published 22 months ago by jvale
5.0 out of 5 stars I strongly recomend it !!
It is a very good guide to start to learn thwe proccess to publish a Scientif Paper

it is clar and well written
Published on August 16, 2011 by Jose R. Eguibar Cuenca
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Information and Fun Read
The book came quickly and was a lot of fun to read. Has a lot of information in it for beginning scientific writers. Have let several friends barrow it!
Published on April 19, 2011 by zackkeyboy
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good.
This is a very good source of info for new graduate students. Very helpful if English is not your first language too.
Published on October 1, 2010 by Vanessa
1.0 out of 5 stars A misleading waste
Sometimes it is simplest to learn by doing, and that is certainly what happened to me with this book. Read more
Published on July 12, 2010 by E. Hernandez
4.0 out of 5 stars Unlike any Textbook you Will Ever Read
This book is a great resource for any student starting out in the field of science. Not only does it provide great information about writing scientific papers, but it also... Read more
Published on February 26, 2010 by Stephen E. Sadurski
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly desirable for any scientist
This is a good description of the process of writing a paper. I am teaching some general concepts for a Master course on Chemical Engineering Research (from how to search... Read more
Published on December 9, 2009 by Miguel Menendez
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