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Writing Science Books

How to Write Science Books

"In this 2010 Web Focus from Nature magazine, five top science book writers offer advice for budding authors in a series of interviews in Nature's Books & Arts section.

* Peter Atkins reveals the hard work behind a successful textbook;

* Carl Zimmer highlights how passion is essential for popular science;

* David Brin reveals how criticism improves his fiction writing;

* Georgina Ferry shares research tips for biographies; and

* Joanna Cole explains how to convey science to children."


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ACS Style Guide (3rd Edition, 2006) (Online and Print Resource) Stanford only
An essential constant in this changing environment is the requirement that information remain accurate, clear, unambiguous, and ethically sound. The ACS Style Guide is the definitive source for all information needed to write, review, submit, and edit scholarly and scientific manuscripts. It is also an excellent resource for learning how to effectively communicate scientific information.

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The Craft of Scientific Communication (Online and Print Resource) Stanford only - Joseph E. Harmon; Alan G. Gross
Publication Date: 2010
The ability to communicate in print and person is essential to the life of a successful scientist. But since writing is often secondary in scientific education and teaching, there remains a significant need for guides that teach scientists how best to convey their research to general and professional audiences. The Craft of Scientific Communication will teach science students and scientists alike how to improve the clarity, cogency, and communicative power of their words and images. In this remarkable guide, Joseph E. Harmon and Alan G. Gross have combined their many years of experience in the art of science writing to analyze published examples of how the best scientists communicate. Organized topically with information on the structural elements and the style of scientific communications, each chapter draws on models of past successes and failures to show students and practitioners how best to negotiate the world of print, online publication, and oral presentation.

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The Craft of Scientific Writing, 3rd ed (Online and Print Resource) Stanford only - Alley, Michael.
New York : Springer, c1996.

The Craft of Scientific Writing is designed to help scientists and engineers--both professionals already active in the disciplines as well as students preparing to enter the professions--write about their work clearly and effectively. The author, who is both a writer and an applied physicist, approaches the subject in a fresh way. Using scores of examples from a wide variety of authors and disciplines, the book demonstrates the difference between strong scientific writing and weak scientific writing. The book includes many useful suggestions about approaching a wide variety of writing tasks--from laboratory reports to grant proposals, from internal communications to press releases--as well as a concise guide to style and usage appropriate for scientific writing.


Publishing Your Research 101

The effective communication of scientific research is vital both to the scientific community and to a scientist’s career. ACS (American Chemical Society) Publications has launched the Publishing Your Research 101 video series to assist authors and reviewers in understanding and improving their experience with the processes of writing, submitting, editing, and reviewing manuscripts.


Article of the Future

An introductory movie of the Elsevier's Article of the Future project. For more information, please visit

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