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How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper, 6th Edition 6th Edition

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"The major sections, including the various parts of a scientific manuscript, have not changed significantly over the editions, as authors still need to choose coauthors to draft a Materials and Methods section. Day and Gastel provide common-sense, accurate advice as to how to handle these. The straightforward, hands-on advice remains a major strength." - Microbe

"[I]f you know someone who is a scientist and who has to write and publish papers, recommend this book to them. It provides the kind of advice that scientists/authors need when preparing a paper." - Technical Communication

"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." - Beyondthebook.com

"The book is an excellent self-help reference for researchers who write, and could be used as a course book or as a supplementary text for doctoral programmes that aim to train researchers in basic publication skills. It is also worth consulting by scientific-technical-medical translators and editors-in-training, because it provides and efficient, solid introduction to science 'genres', and contains useful guidance on scientific writing and style….[h]ighly recommended." - The Journal of the European Medical Writers Association

"If you're looking to welcome postdocs into a company or lab, a copy of the sixth edition of How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper is a good place to start. It acknowledges two ongoing and mutually supporting trends in science--broadening internationalism and digitizing of publishing--while delivering the basics to give a leg up for getting a paper published. It may even help new recruits become better scientists." - The Scientist

"[D]ay and Gastel concisely provide valuable, accurate, and up-to-date information. They focus on providing practical advice to readers, while still recognizing the difficulty and ambiguity of some aspects of the scientific writing and publishing process. No other available publication provides both the quality and quantity of information as this work which builds on the previous five editions….[t]he comprehensiveness of coverage regarding writing and publishing scientific papers by Day and Gastel ensure its appeal to academic and science audiences." - Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship

"Day and Gastel describe the basic practical principles of scientific writing that are accepted in most disciplines in a straightforward how-to or cookbook format. After dealing with preliminaries, they present sections on preparing the text, preparing tables and figures, publishing the paper, doing other writings for publication (such as book reviews or editorials), conference communication, scientific style, and other topics in scientific communication." - SciTech Book News

"This updated book provides advice for anyone working in a scientific discipline who needs to communicate his or her work effectively to others. The book's core consists of a how-to guide to writing and publishing research articles for scientific journals. It explains the steps of the process, from choosing a suitable journal for an author's work to presenting the results and citing references." - Nuclear News

"A scientific experiment, Day and Gastel explain, is not complete until its results are published. To that end, they provide this guide to writing scientific papers that are clear and effective, publishing those papers, and communicating as a science professional….This edition includes new chapters on writing a grant proposal, communicating science to the public, and providing peer review of another scientist's paper." - ScienceNews.org

About the Author

Robert A. Day is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Delaware, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in scientific writing from 1986 through 1999. He was previously Director of ISI Press, and served as Managing Editor of the Journal of Bacteriology and other journals published by the American Society for Microbiology. He is the author of Scientific English: A Guide for Scientists and Other Professionals, second edition (Greenwood, 1995).

Barbara Gastel is Associate Professor of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, Humanities in Medicine, and Biotechnology at Texas A&M University. She is the author of Presenting Science to the Public, Teaching Science: A Guide for College and Professional School Instructors, and Health Writer's Handbook. She is editor of Science Editor, the periodical of the Council of Science Editors.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood; 6 edition (March 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313330271
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313330278
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #220,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on October 20, 1999
Format: Paperback
I read the 4th edition, but I assume this 5th edition is even better, if that were possible! My copy sits among the dictionary, the thesaurus, and the scientific style guide. Written with humor, this amazing how-to book breaks down all of the components of writing any scientific product, be it thesis or manuscript, and gives practical instructions on what to include and what to avoid. I especially enjoyed the grammar sections, with its real-world examples, such as "lying on top of the intestines, you will perhaps make out a small transparent thread," which is a somewhat gooey spot for observation... I refer to this book every time I write, and find new advice to keep me on track--and published!
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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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I was acquainted with Robert Day's How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper during my post graduate years. Only the fourth edition was available then. I have since continually recommended it to all people in my scientific circles. Now that I am involved in helping budding scientists take their first steps in research, I use Day's book as my bible. Most of the undergraduate students that have come by me have been exposed to this handy reference, and I believe that through Day's book third world science can actually level up to our first world counterparts.
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as i am preparing for Ph.D. research in law, i thought i bought this book by mistake, for the title contained the word "Scientific"! it turned out to be one of the best readings i did on academic research (and believe me; i did many). a very good book with a direct approach towards the 'techniques' of writing for publication. although it is addressing scientists, most of the tips are suitable for researchers in other disciplines, even humanities. the writer succeeded in the difficult formula: original ideas + sense of humor ! i recommend it strongly.
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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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I was first introduced to this book while in college and continue to draw from it as a resource. I encourage my students to purchase it for themselves and I give examples from the book when lecturing on "good" writing techniques. This book is good for all levels from the freshman science student to the accomplished research scientist. Day's use of textual humor and Peanuts cartoons is a welcome break from the typical boring style of "how to write" books. I would recommend this book for anyone involved in scientific writing no matter what their background OR what field they are writing for.
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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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Dr. Day was editting scientific manuscripts for longer than twenty years. His text is eminently readable, even enjoyable, and, yes, he does have some anachronisms - like the suggestion to submit a typed manuscript. But it's been through five editions, spanning major changes in publishing.
The text describes how to organize an original scientific publication, as well as posters, reviews, theses, and some other forms of scientific communication. It even presents information about the editorial and review processes. Not how to do the research, but rather what belongs in the introduction, how to organize the experimental, etc. The price of the book is worth it just for his insights on how to organize tables effectively, and he does similar treatment for figures.
I've written some twenty papers using Day's text, and I recommend it everyone who is involved with research publications. The style of writing is light and humorous, which contributes to the effectiveness - it's enjoyable to read.
I don't understand Dr. Moore's so apparent dissatisfaction with Day's text. True, it does not attempt to present a recipe to slavishly follow; Day assumes he's writing for a scientist who understands the area in which he's working and recognizes that there will be differences for each publication. It does, however, do as promised, assuming you think about what you read: Dr. Day's text teaches you how to write and publish a scientific paper.
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