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Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations 1st Edition
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The material covered is comprehensive, starting with basic principles of style and composition (effective words, sentences, paragraphs) and leading to guidelines for specific sections of a manuscript, poster, or grant. It is truly a standalone resource.
The explanations are straightforward and engaging - and, importantly, they are supplemented with MANY before-and-after examples. How to pare down sentences, how to rearrange a confusing introduction to make it compelling, how to design effective figures, etc. These before- and after-revision examples really help a writer learn to recognize, analyze, and revise flawed passages in their own writing. And if that wasn't effective enough: at chapters' end, problems are provided for you to exercise the chapter's concepts.
Beyond the essentials, the book includes strategies for drafting a manuscript (that save time and energy), and even checklists to help you evaluate your drafts. I personally loved the "Word Location" section, which neatly showed how word placement can subtly change sentence emphasis, which can make a BIG difference in guiding a reader's attention through complex material.
There are many insights in each chapter - tips you might receive from veteran post-docs, but here, compiled into one well-organized reference. Highly recommended for every lab!
The scientific background of the author is evident through this book; it is really well structured and provides many well-chosen examples only a former scientist could provide. Exercises throughout the book give a welcome opportunity for the reader to put theory into practice.
Overall, a bargain and good read for scientists eager to improve their prose. As mention in 2 former reviews, a bias toward life sciences exists in the book. However, "Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations" would be useful to a broad range of scientists, from physicists to engineers.
As mentioned by other reviewers, there is an emphasis on biological sciences and some "hard coded" references to the typical principles to authorship, publication process, resource links, etc ... that are academic genre specific. These are, however, the types of things that a research adviser or other research mentor could easily correct. The book could be improved by removal of these topic specific references, but these do not distract from the overall impact of the book itself.
This is a great investment for writers of any age, but especially for pre-professional science students who are attempting to navigate between the writing they are taught in their required writing courses, the societal perception of science writing as thick or complex and their own abilities to understand and convey scientific information.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a helpful guide for a variety of scientific communications - papers, proposals, presentations etc. Read morePublished 18 months ago by cc
The book is Good its look like a brand new one i prefer to take books in amazon only .Published on February 27, 2014 by nag
I bought the book as a reference for my Medical Writing Graduate Class. The book is word every penny, well organized and of special interest for English as a second language... Read morePublished on February 18, 2014 by J. E. Sanchez
The suggestions for improvement were clear and problems at the end of chapters were very helpful. Formatting was weird, and broke up concepts in a way that made some of the... Read morePublished on January 18, 2014 by Rhiannon Peery
The book exceeded my expectations in content, approach and quality.
It can be used as a personal guideline for scientifc writing as well as used as a textbook for graduating... Read more