Scientific Papers and Presentations

2nd Edition

Navigating Scientific Communication in Today’s World

Authors: Martha Davis
Paperback ISBN: 9780120884247
eBook ISBN: 9780080525211
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 17th September 2004
Page Count: 384
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Electronic publishing and electronic means of text and data presentation have changed enormously since the first edition was first published in 1997. This second edition applies traditional principles to today's, modern techniques. In addition to substantial changes on the poster presentations and visual aids chapters, the chapter on proposal writing discusses in more detail grant writing proposals. A new chapter has also been dedicated to international students studying in the United States.

Key Features

Selected Contents: -Searching and Reviewing Scientific Literature -The Graduate Thesis -Publishing in Scientific Journals -Reviewing and Revising -Titles and Abstracts -Ethical and Legal Issues -Scientific Presentations -Communication without words -The Oral Presentation -Poster Presentations


Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and researchers in every discipline

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition Preface to the First Edition 1 The Semantic Environment of Science References 2 Before You Begin Kinds of Scientific Communication Sources of Help Pencils, Mice, and Cyberspace References 3 Organizing and Writing a Rough Draft Thinking and Writing Prewriting Exercises Organization and Development Coordinating Organization and Development Organizing and Your Point of Emphasis Transitions Writing the Rough Draft References 4 Searching and Reviewing Scientific Literature Planning the Literature Search Finding the Literature Selecting and Evaluating the Literature The Literature Review References 5 The Proposal The Graduate Proposal The Grant Proposal Content and Form Other Considerations Progress Reports References 6 The Graduate Thesis The Thesis and Your Graduate Program Avoiding Problems Planning the Thesis Acceptable Forms for Theses The Thesis Defense References 7 Publishing in Scientific Journals Planning and Writing the Paper After the Paper Is Written The Editing and Reviewing Process References 8 Style and Accuracy in the Final Draft Style Styles in Headings Accuracy and Style in Documentation Proofreading References 9 Reviewing and Revising Reviewing and Revising Your Own Paper Making Use of Reviewer's Suggestions Reviewing the Work of Others References 10 Titles and Abstracts Titles Abstracts References 11 Presenting Data Tables Figures References 12 Ethical and Legal Issues Ethics in Scientific Communication Professional Respect for Others The Legal Issues: Copyrights and Patents References 13 Scientific Presentations Departmental Seminars The Professional Meeting Speaking at th


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About the Author

Martha Davis

After teaching English composition and world literature, Martha Davis crossed the line between the humanities and the sciences. Always an aficionado of biology and gardening, her interests led her to the biological and agricultural sciences where she has worked for some 15 years mostly with graduate students relative to their communication skills in science. This handbook is the result of seeking answers to their questions and of recognizing that most other communication handbooks are limited to specific areas of writing or speaking. Scientific Papers and Presentations is her attempt to put under one cover the basic guidelines for the communication endeavors of the graduate student as well as the professional scientist.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, U.S.A.