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Scientific Writing and Communication

Papers, Proposals, and Presentations

Angelika H. Hofmann

  • A practical presentation carefully introduces basic writing mechanics before moving into manuscript planning and organizational strategies. Extensive hands-on guidance for composing scientific documents and presentations then follows
  • Relevant and multidisciplinary examples selected from real research papers and grant proposals by writers ranging from students to Nobel Laureates illustrate clear technical writing and common mistakes that one should avoid
  • Annotated text passages bring the writing principles and guidelines to life by applying them to real-world, relevant, and multidisciplinary examples
  • Extensive end-of-chapter exercise sets provide the opportunity to review style and composition principles and encourage readers to apply them to their own writing
  • Writing guidelines and revision checklists warn scientists against common pitfalls and equip them with the most successful techniques to revise a scientific paper, review article, or grant proposal
  • The book's clear, easy-to-follow writing style appeals to both native and non-native English speakers; special ESL features also point out difficulties experienced primarily by non-native speakers
  • Tables and lists of sample sentences and phrases aid in composing different sections of a scientific paper, review article, or grant proposal
  • Thorough attention to research articles advises readers on composing successful manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals from initial drafting to the response to reviewers
  • Comprehensive coverage of grant writing guides scientists through the entire process of applying for a grant, from the initial letter of inquiry to proposal revision and submission

New to this Edition:

  • A new section on
  • A new section on scientific versus science writing provides context and understanding of the difference of these genres.
  • A discussion of open access journals and electronic publishing lays out these new and growing trends in scientific publishing.
  • An expanded section on scientific ethics discusses the importance of these issues and provides guidance on key questions.
  • An updated section on basic statistical analysis expands the fundamentals of reporting statistical data and analyses in a scientific context.
  • An expanded section on plagiarism intends to guide students on avoiding this pitfall and makes them aware of important bioethical issues.
  • An expanded discussion of peer review and revision of draft papers informs readers on what constitutes constructive comments and evaluations.
  • An updated chapter on job application expands on the format and content of CVs and résumés.
  • New information on Google docs, sheets, and slides informs about file sharing and options to work on the same document simultaneously.
  • Updated examples and exercises throughout the book includes current hot topics in the scientific field.
  • Expanded online resources include an online instructional video guide for appropriate chapters, online solutions for homework assignments, and online exercises where appropriateand updated online appendices on MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Updated PowerPoint slides accompany the revisions of the fourth edition of Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations.

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