Writing and publishing journal articles are essential aspects of a successful scientific career. Unfortunately, many scientists find the process of communicating about their work intimidating and confusing. Now in its eighth edition, How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper teaches how to apply clear focus, good organization, and simple, straightforward language to write papers as well as communicate effectively in many other scientifically related applications. By providing practical, readable, and sometimes humorous guidance, this book enables researchers to gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence to succeed in communicating about their work.
To do before you even think of papers What question are you asking and answering? Who would be interested? Do bring these questions to the forefront of your attention from time to time. It's possible to become involved in the investigation to such a point that you lose sight of the main questions.
You ought to be capable of answering the first one to yourself. It's a good idea to imagine answering the second and third to a potentially difficult reviewer or editor. The materials and methods section of an experimental paper will be based on your lab journal. It will possibly include diagrams based on your lab journal.
So for these, as well as ethical, practical and legal reasons, keep your journal carefully. Record everything that seems relevant and even things that don't, if it's not too hard.
For all your work, look at everything carefully. From time to time, discuss your work with a specialist and non-specialist. Look for new angles, new questions or answers that your data might be telling you. Try to argue new cases.
Especially, argue against your own hypothesis or interpretation because somebody else may do so, and you should be prepared. Does the design of the investigation need improvement?
And finally, what do the data really say? It may not be what you think! Writing a paper Starting with the blank paper or screen is often the hard part. Fortunately, you have a story to tell, or you soon will have.
Consider using diagrams for arguments, especially complicated arguments.
They will not usually appear in the final version, but they could be useful to you in assembling the points in your story. I think that writing text is not a good way to begin.
My method is always to start with the figures that will appear in the Results section. The figures need not be in final form, indeed a sketch will be enough. Then I try assembling them in different orders, to find which is the most logical. Then I imagine telling the story, using these pictures.
This is the key step. Once you have refined the order of your argument, the difficult sections of the paper introduction, results and discussion become easier to write. Again, outline your arguments in point form before you start writing text.
Which journal You need to find a readership who will be interested in what you have done or should be! What journals would they read regularly? A good guide is to look at the papers that you will cite — papers that are relevant to your work.
In what journals did they appear? Editors may ask the same question about your paper. Before you decide, you should ask whether the topic really is in the ambit of that journal. One question that the reviewers are likely to be asked is how well your paper fits.
Finally, when you have chosen, have a look at the nomenclature, styles, protocols and format of the journal before you start writing.How to Write the Introduction. Robert A. Day gives a cookbook recipe for writing the introduction of a scientific paper: “Suggested rules for a good Introduction are as follows: (1) The Introduction should present first, with all possible clarity, the nature and scope of the problem investigated.
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It might also include recommendations and conclusion of the research. Page contents.
Elements of a Scientific Report. Why a Scientific Format?
The scientific format may seem confusing for the beginning science writer due to its rigid structure which is so different from writing in the humanities. One reason for using this format is that it is a means of efficiently communicating scientific findings to the broad community of scientists in a uniform manner.
How to read these folding diagrams: As you are folding each model plane according to the instructions, remember that a simple dashed line is a "valley fold" (the paper goes down where that line is, and up on both sides of that line) and a dashed-and-dotted line is a "mountain fold" (the paper goes up along that line).