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How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper 6th Edition

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"[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." -

"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." - Nuclear News

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

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwood Press; 6th edition (March 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313330409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313330407
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Felipe Ortega Soto on 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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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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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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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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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. This much longer and more recent edition remains to be a good resource for those mentoring graduate students.
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Sometimes it is simplest to learn by doing, and that is certainly what happened to me with this book. In my attempt at finding the strictest, clearest guidelines for structuring my present scientific paper (which is a difficult one), I jumped at this book because of its title. Being old and mostly housebound, I need all the assistance I can find.

This book: don't fall for it.

HOW TO WRITE AND PUBLISH A SCIENTIFIC PAPER is the biggest rip-off of the century. Certainly it describes the necessary parts of a paper, and slightly describes the main, common problems with papers. All that is accomplished by the end of the first quarter of the book, and can just as easily be found for free on many websites.

This book is foolishly written, actually breaking some of its own grammar rules in the process. It is interspersed with silly cartoons such as are found in the newspaper editorials/political section, along with asinine quotes that are presumably supposed to inspire. Which they don't. Typically, I found a far better one-page guide on the web.

The remainder of the book covers writing, editing, and publication of books - not papers - and gallops onward to the subjects of preparing and delivering papers, manner of citing references, general garbage ad nauseam. Again, much of that is tersely written and all of it is easily found in free resources.

A great deal in this book is without explanation. An example is one of the rules of grammar: "Do not use hyperbole." Trouble is, the author is too lazy to cite an example. If you do not know what "hyperbole" is, you'll probably go ahead and write that way, because this book certainly does not explain it.

Under the strictest guideline, the very existence of this book is hyperbolic.
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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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By Sam on August 26, 2006
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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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