From Research to Manuscript A Guide to Scientific Writing

ISBN-10: 1402094663

ISBN-13: 9781402094668

Edition: 2nd 2009

Authors: Michael Jay Katz

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Written in simple, straightforward language, From Research to Manuscript, explains how to understand and summarize a research project. It is a writing guide that goes beyond grammar and style by demonstrating how to pull together the information needed for each section of a polished scientific paper. This book is a systematic guide, leading you from the data on your desk through the drafts and rewrites that are needed to build a complete and tightly-written science article. From Research to Manuscript:includes tools and techniques for structuring the sentences, paragraphs, and sections of a research paper.gives wide-ranging examples from well-written research articles.offers advice to speakers of other languages.explains the effective use of tables, graphs, statistics, and figures.shows you how to organize your data to clearly present your results.guides you through the process of manuscript submission and editorial review.The updated second edition includes more examples, advice on publishing in online journals, software suggestions, and updated references. Overall, From Research to Manuscript argues that scientists should be working on their paper during their active research. Writing will keep the research project organized, thorough, and thoughtful. From Research to Manuscript provides a format for integrating writing and research, so that you can strengthen your science, compose a better paper, and get the paper published.
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Book details

List price: $49.99
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Springer
Publication date: 1/28/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 210
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Tools and Techniques
The Standards of a Scientific Paper
A Stereotyped Format
Precise Language
A Single, Clear Direction
Reviewed and Made Available to Others
Scientific Words, Sentences, and Paragraphs
Scientific Text Needs Exactness and Clarity
Write with Precision
Scientific Use of Tenses
The Paragraph Is the Unit of Exposition
Each Paragraph Makes One Point
Inside a Scientific Paragraph
Connect Succeeding Paragraphs
Writing Scientific Text
Begin to Write While You Experiment
Start Broadly, Work on the Details Later
A Magnified View of the Writing Process
Use the Skeletal Outlines
Pile in Ideas
Collect Information from Outside Resources
Form Rough Sentences
Arrange the Sentences into Themes
Make Your Themed Lists into Rough Paragraphs
Take a Break and Clear Your Mind
Put Together One Paragraph for Each Topic
Shape a Working Draft
Smooth Transitions
Polishing
When to Stop Writing
Advice to Speakers of Other Languages
Presenting Numerical Data
Tables
Organize Your Data
Inside Tables Use Numerical Order
Examples
Statistics
Descriptive Statistics
Inferential Statistics and Hypothesis Testing
Use Statistics Thoughtfully
Constructing Scientific Figures
Basic Guidelines
Figure Legends
Numerical Figures
Graphs
Relationships Between Variables
Aesthetics of Numerical Figures
Preparation for Submission to a Journal
Scientific Patterns Should Be Reproducible
Writing a Research Paper
Writing During Research
Keep a Computerized Notebook
The Diary-Record Your Work Notes
References-Archive Your Sources
Begin a Draft Early
Composing the Sections of a Research Paper
Materials and Methods
Recipes
Writing Your Materials and Methods Section
An Example of a Complete Materials and Methods Section
Commit to a Few Key Variables
Appendix
Results
Carving Out Your Results from Your Observations
Exploratory Data Analysis
Writing the Results
An Example of a Complete Results Section
Discussion
Recap Your Results
Archive Your Results
Try to Make a Proposal
An Example of a Complete Discussion Section
Conclusion
Limitations of This Study
Introduction
Define the Gap
Begin with the Known
Take a Direct Path to the Unknown
Summarize Your Plan-of-Attack
A Sampler of Introductions
An Example of a Complete Introduction Section
Abstract
The Simple Abstract
The Abstract with Subsections
Key Words and the List of Nonstandard Abbreviations
Key Words
Alphabetical List of Nonstandard Abbreviations
Title
Footnotes
Acknowledgements
References
Cite Original Sources
Don't Cite Incomplete Sources
Find the Appropriate Citation Formats
Use Bibliographic Software
Check Your Text Citations and Your Reference List
Preparing a Manuscript for Submission
Choosing a Journal
Make a List of Candidate Journals
Consider Open Access Publishing
Rank the Journals by Quality
Aim for the Best and Toughest Journal
Style Rules
A Final Rewrite
Get a Friendly Critique
Read the Paper Back wards
Recheck the Spelling
Preparing and Submitting the Manuscript
Print and Page Format
The Manuscript Packet
Page One
Page Two
Page Three
Page Four
The Last Pages
The Introductory Letter
Responding to Editors and Referees
Homework
The Comment-by-Comment Letter
Stay Calm
Words That Are Often Misused
Simplifying Wordy, Redundant, and Awkward Phrases
Standard Scientific Abbreviations
Basic Rules
Typical Bibliographic Formats
Formats for Text Citations
Bibliographic Formats for the References Section
Articles
Books
Other
Additional Reading
Software Suggestions
Index
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