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How to Write and Illustrate a Scientific Paper

3rd Edition

  • Date Published: February 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316607916
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  • This compact and easy-to-read book contains essential advice on how to take a manuscript from planning right through to publication. It will help both first-time writers and more experienced authors to present their results more effectively. While retaining the easy-to-read and well-structured approach of previous editions, the third edition of this essential guide has been expanded to include comprehensive advice on drawing graphs, and information about Open Access publishing. Illustrations are discussed in detail, with examples of poor illustrations taken from real papers in top-ranked journals, redrawn for comparison. Such before-and-after examples are also provided to demonstrate good and bad writing styles. The reader is offered practical advice - from how to present a paper and where to submit the manuscript, through to responding to reviewers' comments and correcting the proofs - all developed through the author's extensive teaching experience and his many years spent working as a journal editor.

    • Concise, easy-to-read and 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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    Reviews & endorsements

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

    Review of previous edition: '… short and straightforward … complete and user-friendly … for those making their first public steps in science, Gustavii's book is certainly very useful.' Annals of Human Biology

    Review of previous edition: '… enjoyable and well written … an ideal reference book to have at hand when writing and organizing many types of scientific literature.' The British Society for Cell Biology

    Review of previous edition: '… a very welcome learning resource … clear and concise … well structured, easy to read and well-illustrated … a highly useful resource indeed … [I] would highly recommend it.' The Biologist

    Review of previous edition: 'Every aspiring writer should read and follow the advice in How to Write and Illustrate a Scientific Paper. Even accomplished scientific authors will add to their proficiency by going through this enjoyable volume.' Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica

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    06th Oct 2017 by KevinJonJohnson

    The distinguished professor Dr. Björn Gustavii has created a “compact and east-to-read book” that includes sage advice to any scientist in need of good help. The book also includes “information about Open Access publishing” (preface). Dr. Gustavii reminds us that concise writing is best. While the book will serve very well any professional scientist, the work is also a help to any High School Science teacher, or English teacher who teaches technical writing to young adults. As a master of the content, Dr. Gustavii deserves high praise for a work of broad and good utility, written in clear English and with superb illustrations.

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    Product details

    • Edition: 3rd Edition
    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316607916
    • length: 240 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 153 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.39kg
    • contains: 71 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface to the third edition
    Acknowledgements
    1. Basic rules of writing
    2. Comments on scientific writing
    3. Drafting the manuscript
    4. Choosing a journal
    5. How to begin
    6. Figure captions (legends)
    7. Preparing a graph
    8. Graph combination
    9. Drawings
    10. How to design a table
    11. Title
    12. Authors
    13. Abstract
    14. Introduction
    15. Methods
    16. Results
    17. Discussion
    18. Acknowledgements
    19. References
    20. PhD and other doctoral theses
    21. Letters and case reports
    22. Numbers
    23. Abbreviations
    24. How to present statistical results
    25. Typing
    26. Dealing with editors and referees
    27. Correcting proofs
    28. Authors' responsibility
    Literature needed on your desk
    Further reading
    Literature cited
    Index.

  • Author

    Björn Gustavii, Lund University Hospital, Sweden
    Björn Gustavii has been teaching courses in scientific writing for doctoral (PhD) students in medicine for over twenty-five years. He brings his personal experience to this book, both from writing more than 100 of his own research papers and from his work as a journal editor.

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