This book should be required reading for every graduate student. We are not taught how to write scientific papers, but our work is judged by how well we write it up. Unfortunately most of us don't do a very good job, but this book can change that. It provides an excellent framework for putting together a paper, including specific guidance for each section: title, introduction, methods, results, discussion, and summary or abstract. It also covers theses, posters, presentations, and even pop science articles. In addition to the science-specific guidance, the book also shows how to make your writing more readable by making your sentences and paragraphs flow.
Don't be turned off by the relatively high price. It's a pittance compared to the value this book will add to your science career.
I do have one complaint about the print edition. The print is so small that the book is physically a chore to read, and the layout is poorly designed. Fortunately the book is not long, and the content is so beneficial that I give it 5 stars despite the poor reading experience.
Edit: I also recommend Writing Science, by Joshua Schimel. It covers most of the material in Lindsay's book, but in greater depth and with more style. Moreover, it adds another dimension by addressing the storytelling aspect of writing, which is what makes your papers and proposals memorable. Overall, Schimel's book is more nuanced, more philosophical, and more complete, not to mention more fun to read. However, Lindsay's book is a good place to start if you want a quick and dirty guide to better science writing.
- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: CSIRO Publishing (1 February 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0643100466
- ISBN-13: 978-0643100466
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 0.6 x 23.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 272 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,813 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)