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Famous Authors Share Their Wisdom About Writing - My Modern Metropolis

Famous Authors Share Their Wisdom About Writing - My Modern Metropolis | Scientific Academic Writing | Scoop.it
New York-based graphic designer Chris Ritter has accumulated a series of quotes imparting advice about writing from some of the most famous authors throughout…...
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Top 10 Post-PhD Resources | Life After Thesis

Top 10 Post-PhD Resources | Life After Thesis | Scientific Academic Writing | Scoop.it

Recently I have been thinking and talking a lot about how difficult it can be to move on from life as a PhD student. I have found some aspects of this transition very difficult, as I have written about previously. It seems that a lot of people who have made their way on to my blog have also experienced a loss of confidence or direction; towards the end of their PhD, during the period after thesis submission, or as they move into (or search for) a new job. Therefore I would like to list a few of the articles and resources that I have recently found helpful; some for very specific advice, and some for more general support. I have picked out an article from each site, but all of these sites offer a wealth of other useful and interesting information.

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There’s No Such Thing as “Good” Writing

I mean this very literally, and it’s something I tell my students all the time: there’s no such thing as “good” writing. Sometimes they’ll nod and say something like, ...
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Bits and Pieces: 50 Tips On Writing

Bits and Pieces: 50 Tips On Writing | Scientific Academic Writing | Scoop.it

Scientific writing must be accurate. Although writing instructors may tell you not to use the same word twice in a sentence, it's okay for scientific writing, which must be accurate.

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Pablo Artal Blog

For scientists, writing is as vital as planning and executing experiments. Usually, soon after you have published a few articles in a field, you would be asked to serve as reviewer. This is both part of your responsibilities and very useful. But if you have only the perspective of being an author and a reviewer, perhaps can learn something from some of my personal editor’s experience.

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Writing a Winning Scholarship Proposal – Part 4 – The Closing

Writing a Winning Scholarship Proposal – Part 4 – The Closing | Scientific Academic Writing | Scoop.it
Although this article is primarily aimed at university students writing proposals for scholarship applications – many of these principles and techniques are applicable to other types of proposals, ...
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Free access to British scientific research within two years

Free access to British scientific research within two years | Scientific Academic Writing | Scoop.it
Radical shakeup of academic publishing will allow papers to be put online and be accessed by universities, firms and individuals...
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Writing for publication – it’s just a matter of meeting the conventions of a journal, right?

"Well, no. Not exactly. There is more involved in making choices about how to write for your target journal than simply deciding to adopt their usual writing style."

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Did you know you're a professional writer ... - Literature Review HQ

Did you know you're a professional writer ... - Literature Review HQ | Scientific Academic Writing | Scoop.it
Literature review legend Pat Thomson gives a masterclass on how improve your literature review with a simple mindset change.
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Make Yourself Accountable - Scientific American (blog)

Make Yourself Accountable - Scientific American (blog) | Scientific Academic Writing | Scoop.it
Make Yourself AccountableScientific American (blog)My greatest insecurity as an assistant professor is scientific writing and publishing. My training and abilities were already somewhat strong in teaching and mentoring, as well ...
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Writing a Winning Scholarship Proposal – Part 2 « The Art of ...

Writing a Winning Scholarship Proposal – Part 2 « The Art of ... | Scientific Academic Writing | Scoop.it
Notes Although this article is primarily aimed at university students writing proposals for scholarship applications – many of these principles and techniques are applicable to other types of proposals, as well.
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A List of 20 Free Tools for Teachers to Create Awesome Presentations and Slideshows

A List of 20 Free Tools for Teachers to Create Awesome Presentations and Slideshows | Scientific Academic Writing | Scoop.it

Some of the best free tools teachers and students can use to create awesome slideshow and presentations.

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How to read a literature review paper in 5 minutes flat

How to read a literature review paper in 5 minutes flat | Scientific Academic Writing | Scoop.it

Picture this scene. You’re sat at your desk when your supervisor comes in, paper in one had, cup of coffee in the other. “What did you think of the article?” They ask. You get a knot in your stomach and a sinking feeling. You knew there was something you forgot to do.

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Get Your Thesis Animated by PhD Comics! | PsiVid, Scientific American Blog Network

Get Your Thesis Animated by PhD Comics! | PsiVid, Scientific American Blog Network | Scientific Academic Writing | Scoop.it
Jorge Cham, the artist behind PhD Comics and The PhD Movie, has created a ‘Two Minute Thesis’ contest. Can you use plain language to summarize ...
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Getting it write: best practice in academic writing

Getting it write: best practice in academic writing | Scientific Academic Writing | Scoop.it
How do you perfect the art of good academic writing?

 

Aside from concerns over growing consumerism, managerialism and diminishing job security for early career researchers, few topics engender as much debate as academic writing. A blog post published last November, Academic writing: why does it have to be so dull and stilted?, is a good case in point. Its author, James Derounian, talks about "linguistic slaughter" then refers to a blog by Sheila O'Malley who calls bad academic writing "laughably impenetrable".

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Episode 6: How to be more productive with Olga Degtyareva

Episode 6: How to be more productive with Olga Degtyareva | Scientific Academic Writing | Scoop.it

Olga is amazing! If you don’t believe me just check out her about page. She has done and continues to do so much with her limited time, I knew I had to talk to her about how she does it.

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Interview with Thomas Levenson - Scientific American (blog)

Interview with Thomas Levenson - Scientific American (blog) | Scientific Academic Writing | Scoop.it
Scientific American (blog)Interview with Thomas LevensonScientific American (blog)Thomas Levenson is a Professor of Science Writing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in USA.
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Reverse Outlines

Reverse Outlines | Scientific Academic Writing | Scoop.it
Over the coming weeks, I will discuss five key strategies for improving academic writing. I have chosen these five simply because they are the ones that I most frequently turn to in my work with st...
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Book Overview

Book Overview | Scientific Academic Writing | Scoop.it

Writing scientific research articles: Strategy and steps guides authors in how to write, as well as what to write, to improve their chances of having their articles accepted for publication. The book is designed for scientists who use English as a first or an additional language; for research students and those who teach them paper writing skills; and for early-career researchers wanting to hone their skills as authors and mentors.

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How to Write your Introduction, Abstract and Summary

"These are the most important components of your thesis or report. Put your biggest effort into getting them perfect. Most professors read the Abstract, Introduction and Conclusions chapters of a thesis first, then they dive into the main body text afterwards. This means that you have to be particularly careful in wording these sections, since there is some content overlap."

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10 lesson I've learned writing about the ... - Literature Review HQ

10 lesson I've learned writing about the ... - Literature Review HQ | Scientific Academic Writing | Scoop.it

"I can’t quite believe that I’ve been writing Literature Review HQ for just over a year now. I started writing this blog because I had to go through such a steep learning curve when writing the literature review for my doctoral thesis. I didn’t have all the answers back then, and I don’t have them all now but I’ve learned a lot..."

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So what should happen to scientific papers that are proven wrong ...

So what should happen to scientific papers that are proven wrong ... | Scientific Academic Writing | Scoop.it
There's been a lively discussion at Jeff Perkel's guest post from this morning, “Should Linus Pauling's erroneous 1953 model of DNA be retracted?” Most of our commenters say “no.” Some of those “nos” are quite emphatic, ...
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Something Missing in Science Education: Teaching Kids to Write ...

Something Missing in Science Education: Teaching Kids to Write ... | Scientific Academic Writing | Scoop.it
Most of the students I see in science classes do not write very well. Whatever it is that they learn in English courses and through “writing programs” is not preparing them to write well in the sciences.
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EUSci: Student Science Magazine of the University of Edinburgh | The SA Incubator, Scientific American Blog Network

EUSci: Student Science Magazine of the University of Edinburgh | The SA Incubator, Scientific American Blog Network | Scientific Academic Writing | Scoop.it
Many universities have dedicated student-run science publications. Such publications are ideal places for young science writers to work with an editorial team, build up confidence and ...
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Welcome!

This is the first edition of Scientific Academic Writing, my new magazine where you will find interesting articles and links to resources on academic writing. I hope you will find it useful and please let me know if you want specific topics to appear here and I will do my best to scoop them for you! Enjoy your reading.

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