Writing for Scientists

Writing for Scientists

Author: ChemistryViews

Below you will find a compilation of articles for writing in chemistry

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.


Spotlight: How to Collaborate on Writing,
Vera Koester,
ChemistryViews 2020.

Possibilities of working together on a text online and in real-time

Spotlights: Tips for Writing Better Science Papers,
Series by Richard Threlfall,
ChemistryViews 2013.
Explaining scientific principles in simple and understandable language is a valuable skill: Insider tips on taking care of what you write

Interview: Writing Science Well,
Andrew Moore,
ChemistryViews 2015.
Dr. Andrew Moore talks about successful communication, how to attract reader attention, and what got him interested in writing

Clever Picture: Basic Tips: Write Better Research Papers,
ChemistryViews 2017.
Figurative summary on main tips to improve your writing 

Clever Picture: From Manuscript to Article,
Jonas Mattheier,
ChemistryViews 2017.
What happens between submission and publication of your scientific article?


Also of Interest

12 Tips for Referees Bridge Science and the Public – Interview with Donna Nelson LinkedIn - Interview from 2012 ResearchGate Interview from 2012

12 Tips for Referees

An Editor’s guide to peer review best practice

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

Social Media in Sciences – Interview with P. Smith, Agilent Technologies


Social Media in Sciences – Interview with R. Luque, Universidad de Cordoba



  1. Aisha Farheen

    My answer is yes. Because scientist is all about new invention research, so you need to be good communicators, it’s help you to reach your research, your innovation to others very easily


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