Writing for Scientists

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  • DOI: 10.1002/chemv.201500078
  • Author: Vera Koester
  • Published Date: 21 July 2015
  • Copyright: Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim
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Does Every Scientist Need to be a Communicator?

Courses on how to write scientific papers, how to communicate science and talk to the press, and how to use social media for one’s career suddenly can be found everywhere. It is an advantage to learn at an early stage how the publication process works and what good writing means?


Many scientists feel that the pressure to communicate is increasing, publishing more scientific articles seems necessary for an academic career, and universities and companies pay more attention to communicating scientific highlights. However, all of this needs time; time which cannot be spend on research. And who can keep up with the increasing amount of research articles, press releases, blog and social media posts?


It takes time and effort to write good papers and to be a good communicator. From the view of an editor, however, I think training, especially for young scientists, is essential. They should learn the basic rules early on and be able to distinguish good from bad communication. Students should have (and take) the opportunity to practice communicating science, for example, in discussions, writing competitions, or blog posts. This will help them to get experience in expressing their views, gain confidence, and make their research accessible for others.


This does not mean that every scientist has to become a science communicator. It will, however, make writing articles and communicating science easier. It also makes us aware of how we want science to be portrayed.




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Tips for Writing Better Science Papers Writing Science Well 12 Tips for Referees How to Write High-impact Research Papers / 如何撰写高影响力的研究论文 Bridge Science and the Public – Interview with Donna Nelson

Tips for Writing Better Science Papers

Explaining scientific principles in simple and understandable language is a valuable skill: Insider tips on taking care of what you write

Writing Science Well

Dr. Andrew Moore talks about successful communication, how to attract reader attention and what got him interested in writing

12 Tips for Referees

An Editor’s guide to peer review best practice

Webinar: How to Write High-impact Research Papers / 如何撰写高影响力的研究论文

A step-by-step guide to composing an exciting and thought-provoking manuscript

Bridge Science and the Public – Interview with Donna Nelson

Professor Donna Nelson, University of Oklahoma, talks about improving the image of scientists and her motivation

 


 

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