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How to Write & Publish a Scientific Paper

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  124 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
This witty and practical guide to organizing, writing, and submitting scientific research for publication in a scholarly scientific journal is designed to help good scientists become good writers. Each edition of this popular work has quickly become an Oryx bestseller, and the new fifth edition has been extensively revised to reflect the significant impact of the Internet ...more
Paperback, Fifth Edition, 275 pages
Published June 18th 1998 by Greenwood Press (first published 1979)
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Nov 23, 2014 Manny marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
If you haven't read David Mazieres and Eddie Kohler's already-classic "Get Me Off Your Fucking Mailing List", check it out now to find new angles on how to become a published academic author. More details here, including the referee report.
Sarah Clement
This is my favourite book on the topic of scientific writing. Although I am primarily a social scientist these days, and there is some variation in how we write as compared to the biophysical sciences, I have found this book immensely helpful as a reference throughout my PhD. Every time I am feeling stuck with a section or don't know where to begin, I pick up this book and almost invariably find the answer. I like that the book has succinct, clear writing (otherwise I probably wouldn't trust its ...more
Alfredo Pagnotta
Sep 11, 2014 Alfredo Pagnotta rated it really liked it
I'm writing my first scientific paper, and I was adviced by better experienced colleagues to read this manual. The edition I read was the one adapted for non-native English speakers. I found it very well done. It's written in simple and clear English, but still it's very pleasant to read. It's well structured, and its content is very valid. I found plenty of good tips and information that cleared my mind about how all the steps of writing and publishing in the scientific environment work. Also, ...more
Eman Helmy
Sep 30, 2012 Eman Helmy rated it really liked it
Very well organized ,simple and useful book. Used very good examples and quotations, with a touch of humor .
Lee Broderick
Overall, this is a fair guide to the production of all forms of written output in the pure sciences. A lengthy middle section focuses on the writing of journal (or similar) papers, whilst short sections at the back focus on grant applications, posters, conference presentations, theses and even email as well as peer reviews and references. It's presented in such a way that it can be read cover to cover or used as a handy reference book when you're actually writing something.

Some of the techincal
Apr 03, 2016 E rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science
Wayyy too much common sense, not enough useful/unique information... "when submitting a document by mail, make sure the envelope is sufficiently sealed".

Some parts are really really short - dissertation section is about 5 pages. Even though I'm not done with grad school I feel like I could have written this book... also way too many comics in place of content, padding it to 300 pages.

That said there was a little bit of useful info peppered throughout.
Mar 27, 2016 Brian rated it really liked it
Shelves: personal
I remember reading this at the mechanic's while I car was being inspected. It's pretty straight forward, so that's all I have to say about it.
Nov 27, 2014 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very informative and useful.
Useful and entertaining. The last section, "Other Topics in Scientific Communication," is so shallow as to be questionably helpful, but the book as a whole is shelfspaceworthy.
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Jan 26, 2012 Ariadna73 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book is very entertaining and its topic is really serious and important: how to write a scientific paper and how to success in publishing it. I loved the structure; the simplicity of the message and the usefulness of every thing I learned with it. This is one for my reference; no doubt.
Mar 05, 2012 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-edu-work
Great guide to writing and presenting science via different media. It focuses on writing papers but goes over presentations, reviews, and posters. It goes over the biggest problems with the language and data presentation. It is an older book so the technology the author mentions is no longer applicable.
Jul 16, 2012 Fran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A useful reference book with thorough, well-structured and practical advice on preparing scientific papers. I referred to this book frequently while working with a research NGO in China where I assisted in editing academic papers and transcripts.
Victoria Bell
Jan 27, 2015 Victoria Bell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent resource for scientific writers and editors.
Feb 22, 2008 Uut marked it as to-read
Karena perlu buat nulis paper dalam bahasa inggris, membantu sekali sebagai panduan umum untuk menulis ilmiah.
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