Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded

As a scientist, you are a professional writer your career is built on successful proposals and papers Success isn t defined by getting papers into print, but by getting them into the reader s consciousness Writing Science is built upon the idea that successful science writing tells a story It uses that insight to discuss how to write effectively Integrating lessoAs a scientist, you are a professional writer your career is built on successful proposals and papers Success isn t defined by getting papers into print, but by getting them into the reader s consciousness Writing Science is built upon the idea that successful science writing tells a story It uses that insight to discuss how to write effectively Integrating lessons from other genres of writing with those from the author s years of experience as author, reviewer, and editor, the book shows scientists and students how to present their research in a way that is clear and that will maximize reader comprehension The book takes an integrated approach, using the principles of story structure to discuss every aspect of successful science writing, from the overall structure of a paper or proposal to individual sections, paragraphs, sentences, and words It begins by building core arguments, analyzing why some stories are engaging and memorable while others are quickly forgotten, and proceeds to the elements of story structure, showing how the structures scientists and researchers use in papers and proposals fit into classical models The book targets the internal structure of a paper, explaining how to write clear and professional sections, paragraphs, and sentences in a way that is clear and compelling The ideas within a paper should flow seamlessly, drawing readers along The final section of the book deals with special challenges, such as how to discuss research limitations and how to write for the public Writing Science is a much needed guide to succeeding in modern science Its insights and strategies will equip science students, scientists, and professionals across a wide range of scientific and technical fields with the tools needed to communicate effectively.
Writing Science How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded As a scientist you are a professional writer your career is built on successful proposals and papers Success isn t defined by getting papers into print but by getting them into the reader s consciou

  • Title: Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded
  • Author: Joshua Schimel
  • ISBN: 9780199760244
  • Page: 121
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. There's a pattern I’ve realized through reading advice books. The best book on presentation I’ve ever read isn’t about presentation skills. Similarly, the best book on design isn’t about design skills. Now, this is the best book I’ve read on writing, and it isn’t about writing skills either. To be precise, this book does contain a lot of advices on how to write, but these advices secondarily come from a foundation which is much deeper and far greater: the author’s philosophy about [...]

    2. As a scientist, you are a professional writer. Applying the tools of the writer will improve both your writing and your science.

    3. Overall a great book and also in line mostly with my advisor's thinking on the matter. I learned a lot and clarified a lot in my thinking. I'll focus here on some concerns, but overall just make sure to read this book if you need to write science.Some of the acronyms were hard to keep 100% in mind throughout the book. Also, sometimes my lack of familiarity with particular fields did get in the way. But not too much.Leaving out the issue of the dynamics of the abstract is a bit odd, I think, sinc [...]

    4. This is not a fiction book you read before you go to bed. It is one of the "boring" science related books; probably more aimed towards people who just started their career in science as PhD students. However, this book impressed me by its clear messages and very engaging writing style. If you are scientist you don't hear everyday or even at all that science writing is "STORY TELLING". This main message clearly stuck in my head. Author does not just plainly said so, he eloquently "told" his "stor [...]

    5. I appreciated this book much more than I thought I would. It not only made me feel better about my more common writing mistakes by noting that I am not alone, it gave me methods to fix them. I knew I had issues with "the big picture" and "telling the story." I had been told as much by past advisors, but it wasn't until this book that I understood what that really meant or how to deal with it. I have already recommended this book to both my advisors and several fellow students, which is probably [...]

    6. I suggest this book to anyone who writes in the sciences. The principles of writing in this book could apply more widely, but the content is geared to science writing. Though Schimel has clear and interesting style, I found it a bit of a chore to read through to the end. There's just a lot to consider when writing. It's totally worth the work though; this is the kind of advice that develops an average paper into an inspiring paper (assuming you've got good science in the first place).

    7. Every time when I submit my papers, reviewers suggest me to have a native check my paper. But it's not easy to find a professional native who is both good at English writing and familiar with my topic. The comments just make me confused and anxious since none of them can tell me how to correct a paper by myself. This book saves my papers. I learned that the structure is the soul of a paper rather the language. The OCAR structure clarifies my data, information, knowledge, and understanding. It al [...]

    8. This book is one of the best I've ever read. It offers awesome writing tools presented in a remarkably clear and engaging way. It covers all aspects of writing, from designing story structure to the usage of specific words, and everything in between. I recommend it even to non-scientists. Although some of its chapters focus specifically on writing in science, most of the book is about writing (and communicating) in general.

    9. I read this book and found it was inspiring. The author provides with approaches to follow in writing journal articles for scientists and publications for general audiences. The explanation is sufficiently clear. The author is not only presenting how to write as scientists, but also motivating us to publish in a way to do good science. I recommend this book to whoever needing a step-by-step approach in accomplish their PhD dissertation and in writing their proposal.

    10. 读得痛苦的一本书,但值得。如果有人用literature或education作背景写一本就好了,再附上很多练习。立意深合我意

    11. Very useful especially for early-stage scientists, but also seasoned ones would benefit from reading. I only regret that I did not read this book at the beginning of my Ph.D.

    12. My rating for this book would be higher if I was looking for something to assign for a graduate class, but I'm looking for a book to use in an upper-division class on writing in the sciences instead. Parts of this book would be hard to use in the classroom--even in a class where students are doing their own authentic research, asking them to produce an earth-shattering topic for a proposal is hard. And, it is my understanding, that this often isn't the case for practicing scientists either. Yes, [...]

    13. This is about how to write papers, so that they read better, and engage whoever scores it. Advices ranges from how to structure your article, down to how to structure your sentences and what words and grammatical constructs to prefer and avoid. I regret that all examples are from explanatory Science (Biology, Physics, etc.) which aim at understanding Nature. Relating research to societal challenges seems more challenging in Mathematics for instance, where theories are not directly applicable. No [...]

    14. Although this book is directed at those who write in the scientific disciplines, there are insights that any writer would find valuable: judicious use of passive voice, where to stress (though not in the same way as poetry), and how to write a convincing thesis. An excellent examination of the "nuts and bolts" of good writing.

    15. The source of the "Message Box", an integral part of Prof. Tom Baldwin's presentation "Communication training for graduate students and postdocts", as part of "From the lab to the kitchen table – communicating science to a lay audience", sponsored by the ASBMB Public Outreach Committee at Experimental Biology 2013.

    16. A seriously good book on writing non-fiction and science. Focus on all levels from macro to micro. A lot of good practical tools to use in your own writing. It was a bit too much on core sciences (I am a computer scientist) but still very useful if you write a lot of research papers.

    17. Focuses on the big picture and how to tell a story with your scientific writing. Convincingly makes the case that citable papers and fundable proposals tell a good story. Lots of examples of bad and good writing and how to turn bad into good.

    18. Some parts are hard to chunk through. Yes, Schimel is a very good writer and science storyteller but sometimes too much detail. This book is set to be used in a course. For that, I would recommend any professor to use it as a guide.

    19. This is one of the best books about writing that I've read. This book brings a lot of tools to help us to do good writing and as well as to find important elements when we're reading a paper.

    20. The author introduces story-telling into science writing. This book will make your writing slower, more painful, but much better at the end.

    21. UsefulThis book provides an excellent set of ideas that can improve any scientist's writing. I recommend it for any level of writer.

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