A Practical Guide to Becoming a Better Writer, Speaker, and Atmospheric Scientist
2009, 440 p. 41 illus.
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What started out as a communications workshop tailored for undergraduate and graduate students in atmospheric science evolved into a book that will benefit scientists at any stage in their careers. Eloquent Science draws on Schultz’s experience as a journal editor and prolific writer, the insight of his colleagues, and the best advice from hundreds of sources. This must-have reference is loaded with tips for writing and reviewing scientific journal articles and creating and delivering scientific presentations, and features: Help for the entire writing process from planning to proofing, including dealing with writer’s block, creating effective figures, advice for non-native speakers of English, and an appendix of commonly misused scientific concepts; A peek behind the curtain into the operations of editorial boards and publishers of scientific journals—helpful whether writing your own review or responding to someone else’s; Guidance on getting your conference abstract accepted, making effective slides and poster presentations, and presenting with confidence; and sidebars written by experts on topics including citing others’ work, how to critique a scientific paper, answering questions at a conference, and communicating with the media. The result is the ultimate communications manual for undergraduate and graduate students as well as researchers in the atmospheric sciences and intersecting disciplines. Every student, teacher, and science department should have a copy.
The Process of Publishing Scientific Papers.- Should You Publish Your Paper? Questions to Ask Before You Begin Writing.- Writing an Effective Title.- The Structure of a Scientific Paper.- The Motivation to Write.- Brainstorm, Outline, and First Draft.- Accessible Scientific Writing.- Constructing Effective Paragraphs.- Constructing Effective Sentences.- Using Effective Words and Phrases.- Figures, Tables, and Equations.- Citations and References.- Editing and Finishing Up.- Authorship and Its Responsibilites.- Scientific Ethics and Misconduct.- Guidance for English as a Second Language Authors and Their Coauthors.- Page Proofs, Publication, and Life Thereafter.- Methods and Approaches to Writing for the Atmospheric Sciences.- Editors and Peer Review.- Writing a Review.- REsponding to Reviews.- How Scientific Meetings Work.- The Abstract and Extended Abstract.- Accessible Oral Presentations.- Constructing Effective Oral Presentations.- Delivering Compelling Oral Presentations.- Potent Poster Presentations.- Challenges to Delivering Your Presentations.- Communication in the Workplace.- Communication with the Public Media.- Furthering Your Journey.