To be frank, books that emphasise the writing process to sci- entists are cluttered language of the scientist, to those written by scientists, By Joshua Schimel. by. Joshua Schimel. · Rating details · ratings · 38 reviews. As a scientist, you are a professional writer: your career is built on successful proposals and. In , Joshua Schimel (University of California) published a great book called Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get.

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For most students, the final is unlikely to change their course grade and so most are taking the easy out.

The principles of writing in this book could apply more widely, but the content is geared to science writing. Writing Science is built upon the idea that successful science writing tells a story.

This book is a scientist’s guide to improve delivery, refine investigative thought and offers retrospect to what we call our profession. Yes, science writing has a great deal to learn from the humanities. I knew I had issues with “the big picture” and “telling the story. The wriying takes an integrated approach, using the principles of story structure to discuss scuimel aspect of successful science writing, from the overall structure of a paper or proposal to individual sections, paragraphs, sentences, and words.

This writiny about how to write papers, so that they read better, and engage whoever scores it. It helps the editor decide whether a paper should be published, and which changes they should request or require. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

This is modified from a line in the real document, which is of joshia, confidential. Its insights and strategies will equip science students, scientists, and professionals across a wide range of scientific and technical fields with the tools needed to communicate effectively. May 20, Jennifer Shaiman rated it liked it Shelves: If nothing else, using language thoughtfully means it may be more likely that a reviewer is paying rapt attention to the cool science you are trying to sell, instead of writing a blog post about how your language annoyed him even if he still thinks the science is cool.


The ideas within a paper should flow seamlessly, drawing readers along. In this sense, papers become perhaps more like proposals. Quantum Space Jim Baggott. When I see people careless with that language, I wonder: If you write the former, you are probably doing a data dump, collecting the information that seems relevant and writing it down, without synthesizing it and integrating it into a story or framing a knowledge gap.

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I found a lot of good ideas that I will definitely incorporate in my own writing, but there were also things I think I shall leave to Schimel for his own. The copyright has little value to me. Arctic, and the actual listed publication cost to clarify. A paper may have a dataset that is fundamentally publishable but an analysis or story in such poor shape that it would be best to decline the paper and invest limited editorial resources elsewhere.

English has an enormous vocabulary, the greatest verbidiversity of any language on Earth, having taken wriging from Anglo-Saxon, Norman-French, Latin, and others.

If major elements are likely to fail, or you lack confidence the investigators will be able to solve the problems that arise, you should sfience so and recommend rejection. I support that approach. The author is not only presenting how to write as scientists, but also motivating us to publish in a way to do good science. I did take notes as I read because of that gradschoollife mentality.

May 10, Amanda Nelson rated it it was amazing.

Writing Science – Hardcover – Joshua Schimel – Oxford University Press

Filed under AcademeLanguage use and abuse. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. To be frank, books that emphasise the writing process to scientists are a dime a dozen, ranging from those primarily written by actual writers who tend to criticise the cumbersome and cluttered language of the scientist, to those written by scientists, who seem to forget they are conveying the importance of writing and tend to fall back to delivering a technical manual of sorts, replete with ideas emphasising the choice between figure or graph, rather than the process of writing itself.


Were any one in the panel, sciende would likely have been funded, but with all three, two might well fail.

Did someone become a strong advocate for the proposal? Focus on all levels from macro to micro.

Writing Science : How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded

The takeaways from the book are presented in a straight forward manner that makes it easy to start incorporating the advice directly into your writing, revisions, and editing. Journal List Int Neurourol J v. Broader impacts may be seen as an equal criterion because a proposal will only get funded if all of its elements are excellent.

May 17, Elizabeth marked it as to-read Shelves: To ask other readers questions schimrl Writing Scienceplease sign up. The specific comments typically wrlting from half a page to a few pages of text. Sep 09, Joel rated it it was amazing. I appreciated this book much more than I thought I would. Leaving out the issue of the dynamics of the abstract is a bit odd, I think, since that’s really how people get into a paper. Several years ago, the Ecological Scinece of America partnered with Wiley to produce the Society journals—doing it ourselves was bankrupting the Society.

You should almost never use this on a first review. And, it is my understanding, that this often isn’t the case sciencee practicing scientists either. Published online Jun In such a case, you should probably recommend rejecting the paper. Email required Address never made public.