How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 7, 2012 - Science - 300 pages
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 new, updated edition discusses the latest print and Internet resources. Preparing, submitting and publishing scientific papers is now largely electronic, and the book has been revised to reflect this. New material includes more information on including supplementary material online, using reference management software, and preparing tables and figures; expanded sections on structuring a discussion section and the strengths and limitations of the research; and additional material on international aspects of scientific writing. The book guides readers through the processes involved in writing and publishing for scientific journals, from choosing a suitable journal to presenting results and citing references. It covers ethical issues in scientific publishing; explains rights and permissions; and discusses writing grant proposals, giving presentations and writing for general audiences.
 

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Contents

Historical Perspectives
6
Preparing to Write
12
Ethics in Scientific Publishing
24
Prestige Access and Impact
30
7
39
How to List the Authors and Addresses
45
12
48
Purposes
51
Addition of References
140
23
147
27
173
SCIENTIFIC STYLE
191
Avoiding jargon
204
32
210
More Resources
223
Preparing a Cover Letter
236

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78
16
89
How to Prepare Efictive Graphs
97
A Few More Tips on Graphs
103
Color
109
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113
The Cover Letter
120
The Editors Decision
127
Editors as Gatekeepers
134
How to Prepare Grant Proposals and Progress Reports
239
Selectedjournal Title Word Abbreviations
267
Words and Expressions to Avoid
271
Prefixes and Abbreviationsfor SI Systeme International Units
277
Some Helpful Websites
279
Glossary ofTechnical Terms
281
References
287
Index
293
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Robert A. Day is Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Delaware, where he taught graduate and undergraduate courses in scientific writing.

Barbara Gastel is Professor of Veterinary Integrative Biosciences, Humanities in Medicine, and Biotechnology at Texas A&M University.

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