Scientific Writing = Thinking in Words

ISBN-10: 0643100466

ISBN-13: 9780643100466

Edition: 2011

Authors: David Lindsay

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Telling people about research is just as important as doing it. But many researchers, who, in all other respects, are competent scientists, are afraid of writing. They are wary of the unwritten rules, the unspoken dogma and the inexplicably complex style, all of which seem to pervade conventional thinking about scientific writing. This book has been written to expose these phantoms as largely smoke and mirrors, and replace them with principles that make communicating research easier and encourage researchers to write confidently. As one senior scientist observed, 'This book not only made me a better writer; it made me a better scientist'.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
Publication date: 2/1/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.25" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

David Lindsay is a senior security consultant with Cigital Inc., where he works with industry-leading financial, healthcare, and software companies helping to secure their critical applications. He provides professional assessments and remediation assistance in the form of penetration tests, architecture risk analysis, code review, and security training. He researches Web application security vulnerabilities focusing on emerging security issues related to new standards, frameworks, and architectures. He has spoken at many leading security events over the past few years, including the Microsoft BlueHat, BlackHat, and OWASP conferences. David graduated from the University of Utah with a master's degree in mathematics.

Thinking about your writing
Getting into the mood for writing
What is a 'good' style for scientific writing?
The fundamentals of building the scientific article
Getting started
Writing about your thinking
The Title
The Introduction
The reasoning behind the hypothesis-the other part of the Introduction
The Materials and Methods
The Results
What to present
What form of presentation? Tables, figures or text?
Graphs or tables?
Use of statistics in presentation of results
The Discussion
What makes an effective Discussion?
What is there to discuss?
Giving impact to your scientific story
The paragraph as a vehicle for your arguments
Speculation in the Discussion
The length of the Discussion
Citations in the Discussion
Checking the logic of the Discussion
The Summary or Abstract
Constructing the Summary
The other bits
The Bibliography
Editing for readability and style
Eliminating verbal stumbling blocks
The seven verbal stumbling blocks
Delivering the written word in a way that matches the way a reader reads
Where to from here?
Final editing for style
Choosing the journal
Sending to the journal
Coping with editors, referees and reviewers
Re-submitting to the journal
Thinking and writing beyond the scientific article
The text for oral presentation at a scientific seminar
Design and preparation of posters for conferences
What makes a successful poster?
The structure of a successful poster
The review
The structure of the review
New ideas
The literature
Being specific
Some common difficulties with reviews
Writing science for non-scientists
What a reader wants to read and a scientist wants to say
What makes a good article?
The essential ingredients
Constructing the article
The final inspection
The thesis
Form and layout of a thesis
Review of the literature in the thesis
Getting down to business in writing the thesis-the working summary
Using the working summary
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