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Successful Scientific Writing

Successful Scientific Writing
A Step-by-Step Guide for the Biological and Medical Sciences

3rd Edition


  • Date Published: November 2007
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521699273


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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.

    • Offers extremely pragmatic and comprehensive step-by-step coverage of all aspects of scientific presentation, in a well-structured, entertaining style
    • The advice is practical, having arisen from the authors' own cumulative experience as working scientists, editors, and mentors
    • Self-help exercises based on actual scientific manuscripts reinforce concepts and allow writers to practice the techniques that are presented
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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: November 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521699273
    • length: 251 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 166 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • contains: 37 b/w illus. 31 tables 27 exercises
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Preparing to write
    2. Composing a first draft
    3. Visual support for the written word
    4. Visual support for the spoken word
    5. Revising to increase coherence
    6. The second revision: word choice and style
    7. Attending to grammar, numbers and other mechanics
    8. The rest of the story.

  • Authors

    Janice R. Matthews, Scientific Editing Services, Athens, Georgia

    Robert W. Matthews, University of Georgia

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