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How to Write and Illustrate a Scientific Paper


  • 44 b/w illus. 7 tables
  • Page extent: 152 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.376 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 808/.0665
  • Dewey version: 21
  • LC Classification: T11 .G86 2003
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Technical writing

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521823234 | ISBN-10: 0521823234)

Easy to read and up-to-date, How to Write and Illustrate a Scientific Paper will help both first-time writers and experienced contributors in authoring research papers. Although the examples are mainly from the medical and biological sciences, the principles described apply to virtually every branch of science. This book provides step-by-step information on how to prepare every aspect of a scientific paper, from the title and the order in which the authors are cited, through to how the reference list should be arranged. Illustrations, particularly graphs, are discussed in detail, with poor examples redrawn for comparison. The reader is offered advice on how to present the paper, where and how to submit the manuscript, and finally, how to correct the proofs. Examples of both good and bad writing, taken from actual journal articles, illuminate the author's advice in this accessible and informative guide.

• Concise, easy-to-read and up-to-date • Uses illustrations of good and bad writing from a number of well known journals such as The Lancet, JAMA, and The New England Journal of Medicine • Shows illustrative graphs taken from scientific papers, redrawn to demonstrate how they can be improved


Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Basic rules of writing; Part I. The Journal Article: 2. Where to start; 3. How to design tables; 4. Preparing a graph; 5. Title; 6. Authors; 7. Abstract; 8. Introduction; 9. Methods; 10. Results; 11. Discussion; 12. Acknowledgments; 13. References; Part II. Related Topics: 14. Numbers; 15. Abbreviations; 16. Common statistical errors; 17. The language; 18. Writing the draft; 19. How to type the manuscript; 20. Choosing a journal and submitting your paper; 21. How to deal with editors and referees; 22. Correcting proofs; 23. Authors' responsibilities; 24. Literature needed on your desk; 25. Further reading; Index.


'This book ranks with the best in the field. It is brief, to the point and easy to follow … useful to the author and the editor … and so recommended.' Research Communications in Molecular Pathology and Pharmacology

'… short and straightforward … Since most science is published in English, the book is also extremely useful to scientists whose first language is not English … complete and user-friendly … for those having to make their first public steps in science, Gustavii's book is certainly very useful.' Annals of Human Biology

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