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How to write and publish a scientific paper

How to write and publish a scientific paper

Day, Robert A., 1924-; Gastel, Barbara

This practical guide is designed to help scientific researchers write and publish their work in a scientific journal. It provides information on how to prepare each section of a scientific paper, covering the abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements and references. Retaining the core material that made earlier editions such a success, this new edition includes sections on approaching a writing project, understanding the ethics of scientific publishing, and writing about science for non-native speakers of English. The book explains how journals function and advises on choosing an appropriate journal. It offers guidance on writing theses, review articles, grant proposals, and preparing scientific materials for the public. Appendices include lists of useful abbreviations, expressions to avoid in scientific writing, and corrections of common style errors and spelling mistakes. This book is a valuable guide to scientists at all levels, from new graduate students to experienced professionals

Book. English.
6th ed.
Published Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006

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Statement of responsibility: Robert A. Day, Barbara Gastel
ISBN: 0521671671, 9780521671675
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note: Previous ed.: 1998.
Physical Description: xv, 302 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Subject: Technical writing.


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


From the reviews of the previous edition: ' ... remains an excellent guide to the basics.' New Scientist||'However experienced one feels in the art of presenting their scientific research, this book should have something of use and interest to everyone.' SEB Bulletin