REU Communications Class The Science of Science Writing Lauren Shepherd firstname.lastname@example.org Foege N303 Quotes on Scientific Writing
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The Science of Science Writing
Write for a scientist in another field. Don't underestimate your readers' intelligence, but don't overestimate their knowledge of a particular field. When writing about science, don't simplify the science; simplify the writing.Julie Ann Miller, Editor of Science News
One way to find out if you have succeeded (in writing clearly) is to show your draft to colleagues in other specialties. If they do not understand, neither, very probably, will The Lancet's staff. The Lancet
*Introduction & discussion
objectives and hypotheses
methods and data
conclusions and implications
A reversible wet/dry adhesive inspired by mussels and geckos
A structure for Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid
Imaging the biogenesis of individual HIV-1 virions in live cells
Discuss − do not repeat − Results
Books and Articles:
How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper, Robert Day.
Doing Science, Ivan Valiela.
The Science of Scientific Writing, Gopen, G. and Swan, J. American Scientist, 78, 550-558: 1990.
Me Write Pretty One Day: How to Write a Good Scientific Paper. Wells, W. Journal of Cell Biology, 165, 757-758: 2004.