Style and ethics of communication in science and engineering /

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Author / Creator:Humphrey, Jay D. (Jay Dowell), 1959-
Imprint:San Rafael, Calif. (1537 Fourth Street, San Rafael, CA 94901 USA) : Morgan & Claypool Publishers, c2009.
Description:1 electronic text (xii, 139 p. : ill.) : digital file.
Series:Synthesis lectures on engineering, 1939-523X ; # 9
Synthesis lectures on engineering (Online) ; # 9.
Subject:Technical writing.
Communication of technical information.
Scientists -- Professional ethics.
Engineers -- Professional ethics.
Format: E-Resource Book
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Other authors / contributors:Holmes, Jeffrey W., 1969-
ISBN:9781598292992 (electronic bk.)
9781598292985 (pbk.)
Notes:Title from PDF t.p. (viewed on December 3, 2008).
Series from website.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 129-130) and index.
Abstract freely available; full-text restricted to subscribers or individual document purchasers.
Also available in print.
System requirements: Adobe Acrobat reader.
Summary:Scientists and engineers seek to discover and disseminate knowledge so that it can be used to improve the human condition. Style and Ethics of Communication in Science and Engineering serves as a valuable aid in this pursuit--it can be used as a textbook for undergraduate or graduate courses on technical communication and ethics, a reference book for senior design courses, or a handbook for young investigators and beginning faculty members. In addition to presenting methods for writing clearly and concisely and improving oral presentations, this compact book provides practical guidelines for preparing theses, dissertations, journal papers for publication, and proposals for research funding. Issues of authorship, peer review, plagiarism, recordkeeping, and copyright are addressed in detail, and case studies of research misconduct are presented to highlight the need for proactive attention to scientific integrity. Ample exercises cause the reader to stop and think. Style and Ethics of Communication in Science and Engineering thus motivates the reader to develop an effective, individual style of communication and a personal commitment to integrity, each of which are essential to success in the workplace.
Standard no.:10.2200/S00128ED1V01Y200809ENG009
Table of Contents:
  • Motivation
  • Writing well
  • Overall approach
  • Outline
  • Write freely
  • Edit critically
  • Read out loud
  • Have a colleague proofread
  • Removing redundancies and unnecessary words
  • Active voice, first person, and different tenses
  • Voice
  • Person
  • Tense
  • Infinitives and modifiers
  • Infinitive
  • Modifiers
  • Additional issues of word choice
  • Punctuation, abbreviations, and foreign languages
  • Exploit methods of punctuation
  • Abbreviations
  • Foreign languages
  • Footnotes, quotations, and proper citation
  • Footnotes
  • Quotations
  • Proper citation
  • Vocabulary
  • Closure
  • Scientific publications
  • Basic content
  • Cover page and letter to editor
  • Results
  • Methods (or materials and methods)
  • Discussion and conclusion
  • Introduction
  • Abstract
  • Acknowledgments
  • Appendices
  • References
  • Figures and tables
  • Publishing an archival journal paper
  • Origin
  • Composition and authorship
  • Submission and review
  • Revision
  • Typesetting, galley proofs, and proofreader marks
  • Copyright, permissions, and page charges
  • Thesis or dissertation
  • Technical reports
  • Proposals and grant applications
  • Introduction
  • Types of grants
  • The review process
  • The NIH R01 grant
  • Specific aims
  • Background and significance
  • Preliminary results
  • Research plan
  • References
  • The preproposal
  • Summary
  • Appendix
  • Oral communication
  • Effective styles
  • The 15-minute presentation
  • Summary
  • Authorship
  • The Slutsky case
  • Basic conventions
  • Order of authors
  • Submission agreement
  • Publication impact
  • Common problems
  • Expectations
  • Gift, guest, and ghost authorship
  • Financial support
  • Quid pro quo
  • Students and technicians
  • Current standards and emerging ideas
  • International committee of medical journal editors standards
  • Author notification
  • Specifying contributions
  • Quantifying contributions
  • Our approach
  • Authorship criteria
  • Predraft group meeting
  • Final review and approval
  • Default position for abstracts
  • Recordkeeping
  • The Slutsky case revisited
  • Why keep records
  • Medical records
  • Industry research records
  • Academic research records
  • Electronic data
  • Date-stamps, time-stamps, and backup systems
  • Images
  • Software development
  • Fraud: fabrication and falsification
  • Retaining or discarding data
  • Image manipulation
  • Statistical and image forensics
  • Ownership of ideas, data, and publications
  • Data and resource sharing
  • Research data
  • Model organisms
  • Other research products
  • Copyright
  • Online publishing
  • Public access to NIH-funded journal articles
  • Patents
  • Patents and publicly funded research
  • Patents and publication
  • Plagiarism
  • Attribution within a research group
  • Citation
  • Peer review
  • Archival journal articles
  • Grants.