Scientific Writing The Reader's and Writer's Guide 2. 0: the Expanded Edition with Writing Diagnosis Tool on Dvd for Mac and Pc

ISBN-10: 9814350605
ISBN-13: 9789814350600
Edition: 2nd 2011
Authors: Jean-Luc Lebrun
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Description: The book helps scientists write papers for scientific journals. Using the key parts of typical scientific papers (Title, Abstract, Introduction, Visuals, Structure, and Conclusions), it shows through numerous examples, how to achieve the essential  More...

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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: World Scientific Publishing Co Pte Ltd
Publication date: 7/22/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 250
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946

The book helps scientists write papers for scientific journals. Using the key parts of typical scientific papers (Title, Abstract, Introduction, Visuals, Structure, and Conclusions), it shows through numerous examples, how to achieve the essential qualities required in scientific writing, namely being clear, concise, convincing, fluid, interesting, and organized. To enable the writer to assess whether these parts are well written from a reader's perspective, the book also offers practical metrics in the form of six checklists, and even an original Java application to assist in the evaluation.The focus of the book is on self- and reader-assisted assessment of the scientific journal article. It is also the first time that a book on scientific writing takes a human factor view of the reading task and the reader scientist. By revealing and addressing the physiological causes that create substantial reading difficulties, namely limited reader memory, attention span, and patience, the book guarantees that writing will gain the much coveted reader-centered quality.

Preface First Edition
Preface Second Edition
The Reading Toolkit
Require Less from Memory
The Forgotten or Undefined Acronym
The Detached Pronoun
The Diverting Synonym
The Distant Background
The Broken Couple12 The Word Overflow
Sustain Attention to Ensure Continuous Reading
Keep the Story Moving Forward
Twist and Shout
Pause to Illustrate and Clarify
Recreate Local Suspense
Reduce Reading Time
Keep the Reader Motivated
Dash or Fuel the Hopes of Your Readers, Your Choice
Meet the Goals of Your Readers to Motivate Them
Bridge the Knowledge Gap
Bridge to Ground Zero
Bridge to Title Words
Just-in-Time Bridge by Way of Local Background
Set the Reader's Expectations
Expectations from Grammar
Expectations from Science
Set Progression Tracks for Fluid Reading
Topic and Stress
Three Topic-Based Progression Schemes to Make Reading Fluid
Non Topic-Based Progression Schemes
Pause in Progression
Troubleshooting Progression Problems
Detect Sentence Fluidity Problems
Reasons for No Expectations
Reasons for Betrayed Expectations
Control Reading Energy Consumption
The Energy Bill
Punctuation: An Energy Refueling Station
Paper Structure and Purpose
Title : The Face of Your Paper
Six Titles to Learn About Titles
Six Techniques for Improving Titles
Purpose and Qualities of Titles
Title Q&A
Title Metrics
Abstract: The Heart of Your Paper
The Four Parts
Coherence Between Abstract and Title
Tense of Verbs and Precision
Purpose and Qualities of Abstracts
Abstract Q&A
Abstract Metrics
Headings-Subheadings: The Skeleton of Your Paper
Four Principles for a Good Structure
Syntactic Rules for Headings
Purpose and Qualities of Structures
Structure Q&A
Structure Metrics
Introduction: The Hands of Your Paper
The Introduction Starts Fast and Finishes Strong
The Introduction Answers Key Reader Questions
The Introduction Frames Through Scope and Definitions
The Introduction Is a Personal Active Story
Introduction Part II Popular Traps
The Trap of the Story Plot
The Trap of Plagiarism
The Trap of Imprecision
The Trap of judgmental Words
The Deadly Outcome of the Sum of All Traps: Disbelief
Purpose and Qualities of Introductions
Introduction Q&A
Introduction Metrics
Visuals: The Voice of Your Paper
Seven Principles for Good Visuals
Purpose and Qualities of Visuals
Visuals Q&A
Visuals Metrics (calculate your score for each visual)
Abstract Versus Conclusions
Examples and Counterexamples
Purpose and Qualities of Conclusions
Conclusions Q&A
Conclusion Metrics (if you have a conclusion)
Additional Resources for the Avid Learner
On Visuals
On Grammar
On the Evolution of Scientific Writing
On Persuasion
On Scientific Papers
On Writing Process and Reviewers
Books on Scientific Writing
Epilogue: Your Future Work
Index

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