Writing in the Biological Sciences: A Comprehensive Guide to Scientific Communication serves as a comprehensive “one-stop” reference guide to scientific writing and communication for budding professionals in the life sciences and related fields. The book is intended as a free-standing textbook for a corresponding course on writing in the sciences as well as an accompanying text or reference guide in courses with writing-intensive components. It covers all the basics of scientific communication that students need to know and master for successful scientific careers. The book lays the foundations for future professional writing by starting with basic scientific writing principles and applying these to composing lab reports, summaries, and critiques and eventually to full-fledged scientific research articles, review articles, and grant proposals. Practical advice for organizing academic presentations and posters as well as for putting together job applications is also included.
There are numerous hallmark features of this text, including:
Practical organization. As a result of extensive class testing, the text has been revised repeatedly to reflect the interests, concerns, and problems undergraduate students encounter when learning how to communicate in their disciplines.
Comprehensive overage. The text includes detailed discussions of the main scientific documents undergraduate students in the sciences encounter, including laboratory reports, scientific research papers, review articles, proposals, oral presentations, posters, and job applications.
Numerous real-world and relevant examples. The in-chapter examples are derived directly from real lab reports, scientific research papers, and grant proposals in the biological sciences. Throughout the chapters, common pitfall examples are followed by successful revisions, and annotated examples provide explanations of various text elements and concepts.
Extensive exercise sets and end-of-chapter summaries. Chapter summaries reference the most important concepts in an easy-to-understand bulleted format. The end-of-chapter exercises and problems review style and composition principles and encourage students to apply the presented principles and guidelines to their own writing.
Writing guidelines and checklists for revisions. Straightforward writing principles and guidelines presented in the book provide the basis for writing scientific articles, proposals, and job applications and for creating clear posters and oral presentations.
Sample wording for scientific documents and presentations. Beginning scientific writers will especially value the many tables with sample sentences that apply to different sections of a scientific research article, review article, or grant proposal. Anyone presenting data at meetings and conferences will find the sample phrases and advice on creating and delivering a talk or poster highly useful.