The Craft of Scientific Communication

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  • Copyright: 2010-04-30
  • Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
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The ability to communicate in print and person is essential to the life of a successful scientist. But since writing is often secondary in scientific education and teaching, there remains a significant need for guides that teach scientists how best to convey their research to general and professional audiences.The Craft of Scientific Communicationwill teach science students and scientists alike how to improve the clarity, cogency, and communicative power of their words and images.In this remarkable guide, Joseph E. Harmon and Alan G. Gross have combined their many years of experience in the art of science writing to analyze published examples of how the best scientists communicate. Organized topically with information on the structural elements and the style of scientific communications, each chapter draws on models of past successes and failures to show students and practitioners how best to negotiate the world of print, online publication, and oral presentation.

Author Biography

Joseph E. Harmon is a senior editor/writer at Argonne National Laboratory. Alan G. Gross is a professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota. They are coauthors of The Scientific Literature: A Guided Tour, also published by the University of Chicago Press.



Table of Contents

What This Book Doesp. vii
The Scientific Article
Introducing Your Problemp. 3
Distilling Your Researchp. 19
Entitling Your Researchp. 31
Turning Your Evidence into Arguments: Results and Discussionp. 42
Drawing Your Conclusionsp. 57
Framing Your Methodsp. 67
Distributing Creditp. 77
Arranging Mattersp. 86
Varying Mattersp. 96
Beyond the Scientific Article
Proposing New Researchp. 119
Going Publicp. 135
Presenting PowerPoint Sciencep. 153
Organizing PowerPoint Slidesp. 163
Writing Style
Composing Scientific Englishp. 187
Improving Scientific Englishp. 198
Acknowledgmentsp. 213
Referencesp. 215
Indexp. 221
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