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How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper

8th Edition

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  • Date Published: March 2017
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316640432

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  • An essential guide for succeeding in today's competitive environment, this book provides beginning scientists and experienced researchers with practical advice on writing about their work and getting published. This brand new, updated edition also includes a new chapter on editing one's own work, a section on publicizing and archiving one's paper, and updates on authorship, including information on new authorship criteria and on the author identification number ORCID. The book guides readers through the processes involved in writing for and publishing in scientific journals, from choosing a suitable journal, to writing each part of the paper, to submitting the paper and responding to peer review, through checking the proofs. It covers ethical issues in scientific publishing, explains rights and permissions, and discusses writing grant proposals, giving presentations and writing for general audiences.

    • Gives a step-by-step guide to writing a scientific paper, from the title through to the references
    • Includes an expanded and updated list of useful websites
    • Short chapters and humorous cartoons and anecdotes make this book enjoyable and easy to read
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    'The evolution of digital publishing has revolutionized the scientific publishing landscape, which made a new revised edition necessary (the previous one is from 2011). New items are, for example, the ORCID (that is a unique digital identifier distinguishing an author from any other researcher), the archiving of your (published) paper, warnings against predatory journals, digital poster presentations. There is also a new chapter on editing your own work before publishing … The intended readership is obviously the community of students who did not publish before, so the whole process is explained including the selection of a journal, submitting your paper, the refereeing, and how to react to it, and finally the post-refereeing stage of proofreading and publishing. … Also how to write a book review, give an interview, or write a book proposal. And for the really ambitious, how to become a science communicator.' Adhemar Bultheel, European Mathematical Society

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    Product details

    • Edition: 8th Edition
    • Date Published: March 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316640432
    • length: 344 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.57kg
    • contains: 27 b/w illus.
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from TBC
  • Table of Contents

    A word to international readers
    Part I. Some Preliminaries:
    1. What is scientific writing?
    2. Historical perspectives
    3. Approaching a writing project
    4. What is a scientific paper?
    5. Ethics in scientific publishing
    6. Where to submit your manuscript
    Part II. Preparing the Text:
    7. How to prepare the title
    8. How to list the authors and addresses
    9. How to prepare the abstract
    10. How to write the introduction
    11. How to write the materials and methods section
    12. How to write the results
    13. How to write the discussion
    14. How to state the acknowledgments
    15. How to cite the references
    Part III. Preparing the Tables and Figures:
    16. How to design effective tables
    17. How to prepare effective graphs
    18. How to prepare effective photographs
    Part IV. Publishing the Paper:
    19. Rights and permissions
    20. How to submit the manuscript
    21. The review process (how to deal with editors)
    22. The publishing process (how to deal with proofs) - and after publication
    Part V. Doing Other Writing for Publication:
    23. How to write a review paper
    24. How to write opinion (letters to the editor, editorials, and book reviews)
    25. How to write a book chapter or a book
    26. How to write for the public
    Part VI. Conference Communications:
    27. How to present a paper orally
    28. How to prepare a poster
    29. How to write a conference report
    Part VII. Scientific Style:
    30. Use and misuse of English
    31. Avoiding jargon
    32. How and when to use abbreviations
    33. Writing clearly across cultures and media
    34. How to write science in English as a foreign language
    Part VIII. Other Topics in Scientific Communication:
    35. How to write a thesis
    36. How to prepare a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and personal statement
    37. How to prepare grant proposals and progress reports
    38. How to write a recommendation letter - and how to ask for one
    39. How to work with the media
    40. How to provide peer review
    41. How to edit your own work
    42. How to seek a scientific-communication career
    Appendix 1. Selected journal title word abbreviations
    Appendix 2. Words and expressions to avoid
    Appendix 3. SI (Système International) prefixes and their abbreviations
    Appendix 4. Some helpful websites

  • Authors

    Barbara Gastel, Texas A & M University
    Barbara Gastel is Professor of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, Humanities in Medicine, and Biotechnology at Texas A & M University. She has received awards and recognitions from the American Medical Writers Association, the Board of Editors in the Life Sciences, the Council of Science Editors, and Sigma Xi: The Scientific Research Society.

    Robert A. Day, University of Delaware
    Robert A. Day is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Delaware, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in scientific writing. He has directed the publishing program of the American Society for Microbiology and served as managing editor of the Journal of Bacteriology. He also has been president of the Society for Scholarly Publishing and chairman of the Council of Biology Editors.

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