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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Writing Science by Joshua Schimel. As a scientist, you are a professional writer: your career is built on successful proposals and papers.
Success isn't defined by getting papers into print, but by getting them into the reader's consciousness. Writing Science is built upon the idea that successful science writing tells a story. It uses that insight to discuss how to write more effectively. Integrating lesso As a scientist, you are a professional writer: your career is built on successful proposals and papers.
Integrating lessons from other genres of writing with those from the author's years of experience as author, reviewer, and editor, the book shows scientists and students how to present their research in a way that is clear and that will maximize reader comprehension. The book takes an integrated approach, using the principles of story structure to discuss every aspect of successful science writing, from the overall structure of a paper or proposal to individual sections, paragraphs, sentences, and words.
It begins by building core arguments, analyzing why some stories are engaging and memorable while others are quickly forgotten, and proceeds to the elements of story structure, showing how the structures scientists and researchers use in papers and proposals fit into classical models.
The book targets the internal structure of a paper, explaining how to write clear and professional sections, paragraphs, and sentences in a way that is clear and compelling. The ideas within a paper should flow seamlessly, drawing readers along. The final section of the book deals with special challenges, such as how to discuss research limitations and how to write for the public.
Writing Science is a much-needed guide to succeeding in modern science. Its insights and strategies will equip science students, scientists, and professionals across a wide range of scientific and technical fields with the tools needed to communicate effectively. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Writing Science , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews.
Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Feb 14, Pham rated it it was amazing. The best books transform not only the way we practice a subject, but also the way we think about it.
With the right philosophy, even an ordinary person can do extraordinary works. I am not saying that this view is wrong.
In fact, I believe that this is the correct view if one wants to publish papers that get read and cited. In this sense, the book did just the job it told you it would.
Jan 04, Willem rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction. As a scientist, you are a professional writer. Applying the tools of the writer will improve both your writing and your science.
Feb 11, Tom rated it really liked it. Overall a great book and also in line mostly with my advisor's thinking on the matter. I learned a lot and clarified a lot in my thinking. I'll focus here on some concerns, but overall just make sure to read this book if you need to write science. Also, sometimes my lack of familiarity with particular fields did get in the way. But not too much. Leaving out the issue of the dynamics of the abstract is a bit odd, I think, sinc Overall a great book and also in line mostly with my advisor's thinking on the matter.
Leaving out the issue of the dynamics of the abstract is a bit odd, I think, since that's really how people get into a paper. On the little things, one thing I've decided is that saying "not X" is less than ideal.
People have a way of overlooking negation. In one example in the book, Schimel left a revised sentence ending in "not conclusive" or something like that. At the end, "not" might be more noticeable, but I'd recommend "inconclusive" even as a longer word.
Also, in my discipline computer science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics , conferences matter a lot, and the paper is only one component of getting citations. Citations might matter a lot more on the presentation although I don't know statistics , so the small audience of the reviewers is what matters. In this sense, papers become perhaps more like proposals. Seeing an experienced analysis of the dynamics in this world would be nice.
Also, how to maximize overall effectiveness where writing is one still important component. Finally, this review like all my others is a hack first draft not trying to be formal at all. So don't judge the book by any flaws in my writing here. I definitely expect to review the recommendations of this book in my future writing and editing.
View 2 comments. Dec 06, Anarmaa rated it it was amazing. This is not a fiction book you read before you go to bed. It is one of the "boring" science related books; probably more aimed towards people who just started their career in science as PhD students. However, this book impressed me by its clear messages and very engaging writing style. This main message clearly stuck in my head.
Author does not just plainly said so, he eloquently "told" his "stor This is not a fiction book you read before you go to bed. Author does not just plainly said so, he eloquently "told" his "story" about "story telling" with well chosen examples from published articles and enriched it with his extensive experience in reviewing numerous grant proposal and papers. He didn't stopped with only "story telling"; he represented techniques how to do in the second part of his book.
Overall this was probably the best written book on this subject by not only its content, but also its writing style. Therefore I would definitely recommend this book to read. View 1 comment. May 10, Amanda Nelson rated it it was amazing. I appreciated this book much more than I thought I would. It not only made me feel better about my more common writing mistakes by noting that I am not alone, it gave me methods to fix them. I knew I had issues with "the big picture" and "telling the story.
I have already recommended this book to both my advisors and several fellow students, which is probably I appreciated this book much more than I thought I would. I have already recommended this book to both my advisors and several fellow students, which is probably the best review I can give.
Oct 20, Andrew Childers rated it really liked it. I suggest this book to anyone who writes in the sciences. The principles of writing in this book could apply more widely, but the content is geared to science writing. Though Schimel has clear and interesting style, I found it a bit of a chore to read through to the end.
There's just a lot to consider when writing. It's totally worth the work though; this is the kind of advice that develops an average paper into an inspiring paper assuming you've got good science in the first place. Dec 06, Bruno rated it it was amazing. This book is one of the best I've ever read. It offers awesome writing tools presented in a remarkably clear and engaging way.
It covers all aspects of writing, from designing story structure to the usage of specific words, and everything in between. I recommend it even to non-scientists. Although some of its chapters focus specifically on writing in science, most of the book is about writing and communicating in general. Nov 28, Jiwoonglee rated it it was amazing. Simply great and helpful.
Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded
In a nutshell, the main difference between these two books is captured by their subtitles. I think both books are worth reading if you work in science and write papers or grant proposals, and either could be a good textbook for the sort of class we were teaching. Thanks for the comparison! I really like the process of writing aspects of the Heard book, and imagine they will help many people. Thank you very much for this comparison. This year is setting up to include a burst of scientific paper writing a much needed burst from a career perspective, to be honest and some motivation-boosting from these books should be useful.
Schimel vs. Heard: Comparing Two Guides to Scientific Writing
I think some of these views come from some deep-seated legacy from the printing days where running the presses was an obvious cost: copy-editing, printing, and mailing out hardcopy issues of journals. So why is it expensive? What are the costs in modern academic publishing? The academic staff reviewers and editors generally do not get paid—we manage most editorial jobs as professional service. Actual human copy-editing is mostly a thing of the past.