The key to effective scientific writing is to plan documents carefully, be sure about key messages and keep text simple and clear. While all science documents contain some complicated technical vocabulary, scientific writing does not otherwise need to have long, complicated sentences and impressive, long words.
Workshops help scientists through the complete process of writing: planning to write, writing, reviewing and proofing – for scientific documents such as research manuscripts, theses and academic reports.
Here are the main topics covered.
- Use of words, construction of sentences and paragraphs, common grammatical errors.
- Clear vs. unclear language, analysis of readability.
- Logical flow of ideas, tone of language, being concise, the language of scientific argument.
- Components of original research documents: introduction, methods, results (including guidelines for producing charts and tables), discussion, abstracts and titles.
Workshops are supplemented with:
- exercises in sentence and paragraph construction, concise writing, use of appropriate grammar and proofing
- discussion of participants’ experiences and problems with writing
- critique of selected passages and original papers relevant to participants’ discipline(s).