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All researchers must publish their work, primarily in peer-reviewed journals. Their papers are essential for promotion, recognition, and creating dialogues with colleagues around the world. Unfortunately, writing publication-quality manuscripts and guiding them through the peer-review process is difficult, time-consuming, and often frustrating. In this book, you'll learn how to make the process easier, guided by the author's more than 25 years of experience—experience gained from helping authors publish more than 6000 papers in some of the world's most prestigious journals (including Nature, Science, and PNAS).
Writing for Science Journals explains the details of every section of a journal manuscript, including tips and tricks you won't find elsewhere about dealing with the peculiar ways journals work with authors and reviewers. You'll also learn to perform better research by avoiding certain common pitfalls related to statistics and experimental design that can make publication difficult. Each chapter ends with a list of key points you can use as the basis for developing a learning plan.
How does this book differ from previous books?
- Although much of the advice will be useful for writing books, reports, conference papers, Powerpoint presentations, and grant proposals, the focus is exclusively on writing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals.
- The book includes a discussion of common errors in experimental design and statistical analysis and how to avoid them. In addition, it contains expanded discussions of the ethical implications of publishing journal manuscripts, of numbers and variables, and of online supplemental material.
- The discussion of graphics and tables is expanded, and is based on understanding the information-design principles used to create more effective tables and graphs.
- Extensive support is provided both for authors who have English as their second or third language and for authors who are writing for an increasingly international audience that includes such readers.
- The book's Web site provides one-click access to all Web sites mentioned in the book, plus a forum in which the book can be discussed with the author and expanded.
- Finally, some of the "dirty secrets" of writing for peer-reviewed journals are made explicit rather than being left for readers to discover the hard way.
Hart, G. 2014. Writing for Science Journals: Tips, Tricks, and a Learning Plan. Diaskeuasis Publishing, Pointe-Claire, Quebec.
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Part I: Getting started
Chapter 1. Read me first
Chapter 2. A few words about ethics
Chapter 3. Choosing a journal
Part II: Writing the paper
Chapter 4. Start with a strong outline
Chapter 5. Using your word processor correctly
Chapter 6. Structure and formatting of a journal article
Chapter 7. Title, abstract, and keywords
Chapter 8. Introduction
Chapter 9. Methods and materials
Chapter 10. Results
Chapter 11. Discussion and conclusions
Chapter 12. Acknowledgments and conflicts of interest
Chapter 13. References and citations
Part III: Details and style problems
Chapter 14. Experimental design and statistics
Chapter 15. Numbers, variables, and equations
Chapter 16. Figures
Chapter 17. Tables
Chapter 18. Online supplemental material
Chapter 19. Miscellaneous difficulties of English
Chapter 20. Writing style
Part IV: Review and revision
Chapter 21. Preparing for review
Chapter 22. Review process
Chapter 23. Acceptance and publication
Chapter 24. Conclusions
Part V: End matter
About the author
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