The Craft of Scientific Writing

Finally, the new edition does a better job of explaining how to make the process of writing more efficient. From a review of the first edition: "A refreshing addition to a genre dominated by English teacher-style textbooks.

Author: Michael Alley

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9781441982889

Category: Science

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The Craft of Scientific Writing is designed to help scientists and engineers - both professionals already active in the disciplines as well as students preparing to enter the professions - write about their work clearly and effectively. Written for use as a text in courses on scientific writing, the book includes many useful suggestions about approaching a wide variety of writing tasks from journal papers to grant proposals and from emails to formal reports, as well as a concise guide to style and usage appropriate for scientific writing. Also useful for self-study, the book will be an important reference for all scientists and engineers who need to write about their work. With this new and updated fourth edition, while most technical writing texts have gotten larger over the years, this one has streamlined, to provide busy readers with the essence of what distinguishes the style of the best scientific documents. With this new edition, readers will learn not just how to organize information, but how to emphasize the key details of that information. Also, readers will not just learn how to cast their ideas into precise and clear sentences, but how to connect these sentences in an energetic fashion. In the section on language, the new edition goes into much depth about how to make connections between ideas: an important issue that few technical writing texts address. Moreover, the new edition integrates the discussion of illustrations with language because those two aspects of style are so intertwined. Finally, the new edition does a better job of explaining how to make the process of writing more efficient. From a review of the first edition: "A refreshing addition to a genre dominated by English teacher-style textbooks. Instead of listing rules that constrain writers, the book uses examples to lay out the path to successful communication ... Especially helpful (and entertaining) is the chapter on the writing process. Anyone who has spent more time avoiding a writing task than actually doing it will appreciate Alley's tips." –Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Deputy Director of Flight Crew Operations, Johnson Space Center

The Craft of Scientific Writing

Designed to help both professional and student scientists and engineers write clearly and effectively, this text approaches the subject in a fresh way.

Author: Michael Alley

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781475724820

Category: Education

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Designed to help both professional and student scientists and engineers write clearly and effectively, this text approaches the subject in a fresh way. Using scores of examples from a wide variety of authors and disciplines, the author - himself a writer and physicist -- demonstrates the difference between strong and weak scientific writing, and how to convey ideas to the intended audience. In addition, he gives advice on how to start writing, and how to revise drafts, including many suggestions about approaching a wide variety of tasks - from laboratory reports to grant proposals, from internal communications to press releases - as well as a concise guide to appropriate style and usage.

The Craft of Science Writing Selections from The Open Notebook

In these pages, you'll find interviews with leading journalists offering behind-the-scenes inspiration, as well as in-depth essays on the craft offering practical advice, including: How to make the transition into science writing How to ...

Author: Siri Carpenter

Publisher: Open Notebook

ISBN: 1734028009

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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Science journalism has perhaps never been so critical to our world--and the demands on science journalists have never been greater. On any given day, a science journalist might need to explain the details of genetic engineering, analyze a development in climate change research, or serve as a watchdog helping to ensure the integrity of the scientific enterprise. And science writers have to spin tales seductive enough to keep readers hooked to the end, despite the endless other delights just a click away. How does one do it? Here, for the first time, is a collection of indispensable articles on the craft of science writing as told by some of the most skillful science journalists working today. These selections are a wealth of journalistic knowledge from The Open Notebook, the online community that has been a primary resource for science journalists and aspiring science writers for the last decade. The Craft of Science Writing gives you a crew of accomplished, encouraging friends to whisper over your shoulder as you work. In these pages, you'll find interviews with leading journalists offering behind-the-scenes inspiration, as well as in-depth essays on the craft offering practical advice, including: How to make the transition into science writing How to find and pitch a science story to editors How to wade through a sea of technicalities in scientific papers to spot key facts How to evaluate scientific and statistical claims How to report on controversial topics How to structure a science story, from short news to long features How to engage readers in a science story and hold their attention to the end CONTRIBUTORS TO THE CRAFT OF SCIENCE WRITING: Christie Aschwanden, Siri Carpenter, Tina Casagrand, Jeanne Erdmann, Dan Fagin, Dan Ferber, Azeen Ghorayshi, Geoffrey Giller, Laura Helmuth, Jane C. Hu, Alla Katsnelson, Roxanne Khamsi, Maggie Koerth-Baker, Jyoti Madhusoodanan, Apoorva Mandavilli, Amanda Mascarelli, Robin Meadows, Kate Morgan, Tien Nguyen, Michelle Nijhuis, Aneri Pattani, Rodrigo Pérez Ortega, Mallory Pickett, Kendall Powell, Tasneem Raja, Sandeep Ravindran, Julia Rosen, Christina Selby, Alexandra Witze, Wudan Yan, Ed Yong, Rachel Zamzow, Sarah Zhang, Carl Zimmer.

Ideas Into Words

"Rich with real-life examples and anecdotes, the book covers the essentials... Hancock urges writers to overcome any intimidation they may have in covering the sciences.

Author: Elise Hancock

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801873290

Category: Science

Page: 151

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"Rich with real-life examples and anecdotes, the book covers the essentials... Hancock urges writers to overcome any intimidation they may have in covering the sciences. Then, she helps them hone their skills to make stories clear and compelling." -- Science News

The Craft of Scientific Presentations

In addition, the book explains what causes so many scientific presentations to flounder. One of the most valuable contributions of this text is that it teaches the assertion-evidence approach to scientific presentations.

Author: Michael Alley

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781441982797

Category: Science

Page: 286

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The Craft of Scientific Presentations, 2nd edition aims to strengthen you as a presenter of science and engineering. The book does so by identifying what makes excellent presenters such as Brian Cox, Jane Goodall, Richard Feynman, and Jill Bolte Taylor so strong. In addition, the book explains what causes so many scientific presentations to flounder. One of the most valuable contributions of this text is that it teaches the assertion-evidence approach to scientific presentations. Instead of building presentations, as most engineers and scientists do, on the weak foundation of topic phrases and bulleted lists, this assertion-evidence approach calls for building presentations on succinct message assertions supported by visual evidence. Unlike the commonly followed topic-subtopic approach that PowerPoint leads presenters to use, the assertion-evidence approach is solidly grounded in research. By showing the differences between strong and weak presentations, by identifying the errors that scientific presenters typically make, and by teaching a much more powerful approach for scientific presentations than what is commonly practiced, this book places you in a position to elevate your presentations to a high level. In essence, this book aims to have you not just succeed in your scientific presentations, but excel. About the Author Michael Alley has taught workshops on presentations to engineers and scientists on five continents, and has recently been invited to speak at the European Space Organization, Harvard Medical School, MIT, Sandia National Labs, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Simula Research Laboratory, and United Technologies. An Associate Professor of engineering communication at Pennsylvania State University, Alley is a leading researcher on the effectiveness of different designs for presentation slides.

The Craft of Scientific Communication

In this remarkable guide, Joseph E. Harmon and Alan G. Gross have combined their many years of experience in the art of science writing to analyze published examples of how the best scientists communicate.

Author: Joseph E. Harmon

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 0226316637

Category: Science

Page: 192

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The ability to communicate in print and person is essential to the life of a successful scientist. But since writing is often secondary in scientific education and teaching, there remains a significant need for guides that teach scientists how best to convey their research to general and professional audiences. The Craft of Scientific Communication will teach science students and scientists alike how to improve the clarity, cogency, and communicative power of their words and images. In this remarkable guide, Joseph E. Harmon and Alan G. Gross have combined their many years of experience in the art of science writing to analyze published examples of how the best scientists communicate. Organized topically with information on the structural elements and the style of scientific communications, each chapter draws on models of past successes and failures to show students and practitioners how best to negotiate the world of print, online publication, and oral presentation.

Craft of Scientific Writing

In essence, this book shows you how to bring your ideas across to your intended audience. In addition, it contains advice on how to start writing and how to revise your drafts.

Author: Michael Alley

Publisher: Turtleback Books

ISBN: 1417633220

Category: Reference

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Designed to help scientists, engineers, and students write about their work clearly and effectively, this concise guide to appropriate style and usage for scientific writing also focuses on laboratory reports, grant proposals, internal communications and press releases. The author, a science writer and applied physicist, approaches the subject in a fresh way, using scores of examples from a wide variety of authors and disciplines.

The Craft of Editing

Designed for all those who deal with scientific and technical writing by others in universities, government labs, businesses, or engineering firms, this book helps readers become more effective and more efficient at editing the proposals, ...

Author: Michael Alley

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9781461212041

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 160

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Designed for all those who deal with scientific and technical writing by others in universities, government labs, businesses, or engineering firms, this book helps readers become more effective and more efficient at editing the proposals, theses, journal articles, and reports that cross their desks and which need approving, grading, or reviewing. Written by the author of the best-selling "Craft of Scientific Writing", the guide deals with the subject in a refreshing way and includes a large number of enlightening examples and stories.

The Science Writers Handbook

Going beyond craft, The Science Writer's Handbook also tackles lifestyle issues such as office space, steady income, and financial and emotional resources, for the ultimate guide to the craft, business and life of science writing"--

Author: Writers of SciLance

Publisher: Da Capo Lifelong Books

ISBN: 9780738216560

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 308

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"Popular science writing has exploded in the past decade, both in print and on-line. Who better to guide writers striving to succeed in the profession than a group of award-winning, well-published journalists with a combined 225 years of experience? FromThomas Hayden's chapter on the nuts and bolts of making the perfect pitch to Emma Maris's advice about putting together a book proposal to Mark Schrope's essential information on contracts, the members of SciLance give writers of all levels the practicalinformation they need to succeed, either as a staffer or as a freelancer. Going beyond craft, The Science Writer's Handbook also tackles lifestyle issues such as office space, steady income, and financial and emotional resources, for the ultimate guide to the craft, business and life of science writing"--

How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper 8th Edition

This is an essential resource for researchers—both native and non-native users of English—with limited experience writing scientific papers, such as graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career faculty members.

Author: Barbara Gastel

Publisher: ABC-CLIO

ISBN: 9781440842634

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 326

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Now thoroughly updated and expanded, this new edition of a classic guide offers practical advice on preparing and publishing journal articles as well as succeeding in other communication-related aspects of a scientific career. • Provides practical, easy-to-read, and immediately applicable guidance on preparing each part of a scientific paper: from the title and abstract, through each section of the main text, to the acknowledgments and references • Explains step by step how to decide to which journal to submit a paper, what happens to a paper after submission, and how to work effectively with a journal throughout the publication process • Includes key advice on other communication important to success in scientific careers, such as giving presentations and writing proposals • Presents an insightful insider's view of how journals actually work—and describes how best to work with them

The Craft of Scientific Presentations

2 Michael Alley, The Craft of Scientific Writing, 3rd ed. (New York: Springer-Verlag, 1996), chaps. 2 and 3. 3Adapted from Volcanoes of the Earth, rev. ed., by Fred M. Bullard (Austin, TX: University of Texas ...

Author: Michael Alley

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 9780387225876

Category: Science

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This timely and hugely practical work provides a score of examples from contemporary and historical scientific presentations to show clearly what makes an oral presentation effective. It considers presentations made to persuade an audience to adopt some course of action (such as funding a proposal) as well as presentations made to communicate information, and it considers these from four perspectives: speech, structure, visual aids, and delivery. It also discusses computer-based projections and slide shows as well as overhead projections. In particular, it looks at ways of organizing graphics and text in projected images and of using layout and design to present the information efficiently and effectively.

Scientific Writing 2 0

I helped many scientists but nobody was helping me understand why the sentences I had rewritten were far better than the ... The Craft of Scientific Writing Michael Alley I already mentioned the Penn State University website which ...

Author: Jean-Luc Lebrun

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789814350594

Category: Art

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This guide to scientific writing provides a systematic look at the causes of reader frustrations.

Successful Scientific Writing

The Craft of Scientific Writing. 3rd edn. New York: Springer. Alley, M. (2003). The Craft of Scientific Presentations. New York: Springer. Alley, M. and Neeley, K. A. (2005a). Discovering the power of PowerPoint: Rethinking the design ...

Author: Janice R. Matthews

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1139465430

Category: Reference

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The detailed, practical, step-by-step advice in this user-friendly guide will help students and researchers to communicate their work more effectively through the written word. Covering all aspects of the writing process, this concise, accessible resource is critically acclaimed, well-structured, comprehensive, and entertaining. Self-help exercises and abundant examples from actual typescripts draw on the authors' extensive experience working both as researchers and with them. Whilst retaining the user-friendly and pragmatic style of earlier editions, this third edition has been updated and broadened to incorporate such timely topics as guidelines for successful international publication, ethical and legal issues including plagiarism and falsified data, electronic publication, and text-based talks and poster presentations. With advice applicable to many writing contexts in the majority of scientific disciplines, this book is a powerful tool for improving individual skills and an eminently suitable text for classroom courses or seminars.

Successful Scientific Writing Full Canadian Binding

The Craft of Scientific Writing . Englewood Cliffs , NJ : Prentice - Hall . Alley , M. ( 1996 ) . The Craft of Scientific Writing . 3rd edn . New York : Springer - Verlag . American Psychological Association . ( 1994 ) .

Author: Janice R. Matthews

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521789621

Category: Medical

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A user-friendly guide to good writing in the biological and medical sciences.

The Scientist s Guide to Writing

The ability to write clearly is critical to any scientific career. The Scientist's Guide to Writing provides practical advice to help scientists become more effective writers so that their ideas have the greatest possible impact.

Author: Stephen B. Heard

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691170220

Category: Science

Page: 320

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The ability to write clearly is critical to any scientific career. The Scientist's Guide to Writing provides practical advice to help scientists become more effective writers so that their ideas have the greatest possible impact. Drawing on his own experience as a scientist, graduate adviser, and editor, Stephen Heard emphasizes that the goal of all scientific writing should be absolute clarity; that good writing takes deliberate practice; and that what many scientists need are not long lists of prescriptive rules but rather direct engagement with their behaviors and attitudes when they write. He combines advice on such topics as how to generate and maintain writing momentum with practical tips on structuring a scientific paper, revising a first draft, handling citations, responding to peer reviews, managing coauthorships, and more. In an accessible, informal tone, The Scientist's Guide to Writing explains essential techniques that students, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career scientists need to write more clearly, efficiently, and easily. Emphasizes writing as a process, not just a product Encourages habits that improve motivation and productivity Explains the structure of the scientific paper and the function of each part Provides detailed guidance on submission, review, revision, and publication Addresses issues related to coauthorship, English as a second language, and more

New Scientist

Undaunted, Michael Alley has taken up the challenge and written The Craft of Scientific Writing. The need for scientists to master this craft is so great that any instruction manual is to be welcomed, even when its author has more ...

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New Scientist magazine was launched in 1956 "for all those men and women who are interested in scientific discovery, and in its industrial, commercial and social consequences". The brand's mission is no different today - for its consumers, New Scientist reports, explores and interprets the results of human endeavour set in the context of society and culture.

Scientific Writing

As expected, those who had already published papers felt that their writing had improved by keeping the reader in mind. ... b Alley M, The Craft of Scientific Writing, Springer, New York, 1997. c Gopen GD, Expectations: Teaching Writing ...

Author: Jean-Luc Lebrun

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789812770424

Category: Technical writing

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Given that scientific material can be hard to comprehend, sustained attention and memory retention become major reader challenges. Scientific writers must not only present their science, but also work hard to generate and sustain the interest of readers. Attention-getters, sentence progression, expectation-setting, and OC memory offloadersOCO are essential devices to keep readers and reviewers engaged. The writer needs to have a clear understanding of the role played by each part of a paper, from its eye-catching title to its eye-opening conclusion. This book walks through the main parts of a paper; that is, those parts which create the critical first impression. The unique approach in this book is its focus on the reader rather than the writer. Senior scientists who supervise staff and postgraduates can use the book to review drafts and to help with the writing as well as the science. Young researchers can find solid guidelines that reduce the confusion all new writers face. Published scientists can finally move from what feels right to what is right, identifying mistakes they thought were acceptable, and fully appreciating their responsibility: to guide the reader along carefully laid-out reading tracks."

Scientific Writing 3 0 A Reader And Writer s Guide

If you are reading this chapter, it is because you have decided to further understand the craft of scientific writing by venturing online. We have spent many years exploring the rich humus of the Internet garden and collected many sites ...

Author: Jean-luc Lebrun

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9789811228858

Category: Science

Page: 316

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The third edition of this book aims to equip both young and experienced researchers with all the tools and strategy they will need for their papers to not just be accepted, but stand out in the crowded field of academic publishing. It seeks to question and deconstruct the legacy of existing science writing, replacing or supporting historically existing practices with principle- and evidence-driven styles of effective writing. It encourages a reader-centric approach to writing, satisfying reader-scientists at large, but also the paper's most powerful readers, the reviewer and editor. Going beyond the baseline of well-structured scientific writing, this book leverages an understanding of human physiological limitations (memory, attention, time) to help the author craft a document that is optimized for readability.Through real and fictional examples, hands-on exercises, and entertaining stories, this book breaks down the critical parts of a typical scientific paper (Title, Abstract, Introduction, Visuals, Structure, and Conclusions). It shows at great depth how to achieve the essential qualities required in scientific writing, namely being clear, concise, convincing, fluid, interesting, and organized. To enable the writer to assess whether these parts are well written from a reader's perspective, the book also offers practical metrics in the form of six checklists, and even an original Java application to assist in the evaluation.

The Scientist s Guide to Writing 2nd Edition

How to Write More Easily and Effectively Throughout Your Scientific Career Stephen B. Heard. produced only a handful of novels ... The Craft of Scientific Writing But what does “attention to the craft” mean? Books about writing can seem ...

Author: Stephen B. Heard

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9780691219189

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

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"This is a new edition of The Scientists Guide to Writing, published in 2016. As a reminder the book provided practical advice on writing, covering topics including how to generate and maintain writing momentum, tips on structuring a scientific paper, revising a first draft, handling citations, responding to peer reviews, and managing coauthorships, among other topics. For the 2nd edtition, Heard has made several changes, specifically: - expanding the chapter on writing in english for non-native speakers - adding two chapters: one on efficient and effective reading and one on selecting the right journal and how to use preprint sites. - doubled the number of exercises - various other additons to existing chapters, including information on reporting statistical results, handling disagreement among peer reviewers, and managing co-authorships"--