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How to Write and Illustrate a Scientific Paper

2nd Edition

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  • Date Published: March 2008
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521703932

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  • This second edition of How to Write and Illustrate a Scientific Paper will help both first-time writers and more experienced authors, in all biological and medical disciplines, to present their results effectively. Whilst retaining the easy-to-read and well-structured approach of the previous edition, it has been broadened to include comprehensive advice on writing compilation theses for doctoral degrees, and a detailed description of preparing case reports. 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, selected from actual journal articles, illustrate the author's advice - which has been developed through his extensive teaching experience - in this accessible and informative guide.

    • Concise and easy-to-read - full of common-sense advice, delivered with humour through the use of anecdotes
    • 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
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    "Easy to read and (unlike some publications) populated with excellent positive and negative examples, this work will have novices up to speed in no time at all, and give established writers a list of things they need to work on."

    "This volume should be a welcome addition to the shelf of any biologist who advises graduate students in the travails of scientific writing and reviewing."
    Linda Trueb, The Quarterly Review of Biology

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521703932
    • length: 178 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 150 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.304kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Basic rules of writing
    2. Comments on scientific language
    3. Drafting the manuscript
    4. Choosing a journal
    5. Preparing a graph
    6. Drawings
    7. Figure legends
    8. How to design tables
    9. Title
    10. Authors
    11. Abstract
    12. Introduction
    13. Methods
    14. Results
    15. Discussion
    16. Acknowledgements
    17. References
    18. PhD and other doctoral theses
    19. Letters and case reports
    20. Numbers
    21. Abbreviations
    22. How to present statistical results
    23. Typing
    24. Dealing with editors and referees
    25. Correcting proofs
    26. Authors' responsibilities.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Scientific Writing for Psychology and Neuroscience
    • Senior project
  • Author

    Björn Gustavii, Lund University Hospital, Sweden
    Björn Gustavii has been teaching courses in scientific writing for doctoral (Ph.D.) students in medicine for twenty-five years. He brings his personal experience to this book, both from writing more than a hundred of his own research papers and from his work as a journal editor.

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