Bibliographic Details

How to write & illustrate a scientific paper / Björn Gustavii.

Author / Creator Gustavii, Björn, 1932-
Edition 2nd ed.
Imprint New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
Description ix, 168 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Language English
Subject Technical writing.
Biomedical Research.
Rédaction technique.
Technical writing.
Format Print, Book
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Varying Form of Title How to write and illustrate a scientific paper
ISBN 9780521878906
9780521703932 (pbk.)
052170393X (pbk.)
Notes Includes bibliographical references (p. 156-163) and index.
Summary This second edition of How to Write and Illustrate a Scientific Paper will help both first-time writers and more experienced authors, in all biological and medical disciplines, to present their results effectively. Whilst retaining the easy-to-read and well-structured approach of the previous edition, it has been broadened to include comprehensive advice on writing compilation theses for doctoral degrees, and a detailed description of preparing case reports. Illustrations, particularly graphs, are discussed in detail, with poor examples redrawn for comparison. The reader is offered advice on how to present the paper, where and how to submit the manuscript, and finally, how to correct the proofs. Examples of both good and bad writing, selected from actual journal articles, illustrate the author's advice - which has been developed through his extensive teaching experience - in this accessible and informative guide.
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Good scientific and technical writing takes considerable practice. Competition for space in journals is fierce, and bad writing and presentation skills can affect article acceptance rates. Focusing on biological and medical disciplines, Gustavii draws on 25 years of experience in teaching scientific writing and in publishing to outline best practices in writing scientific papers. Aimed at novices and serving as a refresher for seasoned professionals, this volume covers drafts, selecting publications for submission, correction of proofs, graphics, authorship, writing abstracts, introductions, methods, results, discussions, dealing with referees and editors, and more. This second edition adds theses for doctoral degrees and case report preparation. Easy to read and (unlike some publications) populated with excellent positive and negative examples, this work will have novices up to speed in no time at all, and give established writers a list of things they need to work on. The volume's extreme brevity limits its usefulness as a stand-alone reference book; however, it fills the gap found in many writing/style guides and books that focus on "writing about numbers." Summing Up: Recommended. Graduate students through professionals/practitioners. J. A. Buczynski Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology

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