Successful Scientific Writing is a user-friendly book of detailed practical guidance which will enable students and researchers in the biological and medical sciences to communicate their work effectively through the published literature. This new edition of the acclaimed step-by-step guide encompasses all aspects of typescript preparation from first to final draft, including efficient use of word processing, electronic database literature services, the Internet and email. The authors provide sensible guidance on inclusive word choices and communication when writers and readers have different first languages. Abundant examples, practical advice and self-help exercises draw on extensive experience with actual typescripts. A detailed index and numerous references make information easy to find. Applicable to a variety of scientific writing contexts in the sciences, Successful Scientific Writing is a powerful tool for improving individual skills, as well as an eminently suitable text for classroom courses or seminars on scientific writing.
• Organized in a series of task-oriented chapters that take novice and seasoned researchers through the process from first draft to finished article • Contains self-help exercises to reinforce concepts and to practise techniques • Extensive new information on effective use of Internet resources, efficient use of word processor software features, and useful tips on writing for readers with different first languages
Preface; 1. From start to finish: the big picture; 2. Writing in the computer age; 3. Writing the first draft; 4. Supporting the text with tables and figures; 5. Revising structure and format; 6. Checking grammar and number use; 7. Revising for word choice; 8. Revising punctuation and other mechanics; Selected resources; Appendix 1. Suggested responses to exercises; Appendix 2. Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals; Index.
From reviews of the first edition: 'This book is beyond reproach and should be regarded as compulsory reading for all biomedical and science undergraduate and postgraduate students and all others likely to have to write or edit scientific reports.' Stuart B. Coghill, The Times Higher Education Supplement
'… a user-friendly guide covering all aspects of typescript preparation from the first to the final drafts … clearly and entertainingly written with practical exercises and answers along the way.' P. K. Thomas, Journal of Anatomy
'...very well organized and easy to scan for useful tips … will soon become one of the more well-thumbed volumes on our laboratory bookshelf.' Paul Martin, Trends in Neurosciences
'… the authors have produced an excellent, well-organised text that will ensure that aspiring authors who use it will find that writing can be a joy, rather than a burden.' T. Scott, British Journal of Biomedical Science
'Its strongest point is the way it obliges the readers to consider their stance: what are they doing? How do they want to express their findings? There is a lot of useful material in this book … I'd like to know it was in the library, to act as a first port of call for new would-be writers.' Biologist
'… one of the most enjoyable and informative books that I have read in recent years … a must for all undergraduate and postgraduate science students.' Elaine Hemers, BSDB Newsletter
'Successful Scientific Writing is an excellent book and is a necessity for every research department and scientific/medical library.' American Entomologist