Writing for science journals



All researchers must publish their work, primarily in peer-reviewed journals. Their papers are essential for promotion, recognition, and creating dialogues with colleagues around the world. Unfortunately, writing publication-quality manuscripts and guiding them through the peer-review process is difficult, time-consuming, and often frustrating. In this book, you’ll learn how to make the process easier, guided by the author’s more than 25 years of experience—experience gained from helping authors publish more than 6000 papers in some of the world’s most prestigious journals (including Nature, Science, and PNAS).

Writing for Science Journals explains the details of every section of a journal manuscript, including tips and tricks you won’t find elsewhere about dealing with the peculiar ways journals work with authors and reviewers. You’ll also learn to perform better research by avoiding certain common pitfalls related to statistics and experimental design that can make publication difficult. Each chapter ends with a list of key points you can use as the basis for developing a learning plan.

Visit the book’s Web page for links to relevant online resources and a frequently updated “additions page” that provides a forum for expanding on the book until the 2nd edition is available.

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Geoff Hart is a Fellow of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) with nearly 30 years of experience as a writer, editor, information designer, and French translator. During this time, he’s published more than 400 articles, most available via his Web site, as well as the books Effective Onscreen Editing and Writing for Science Journals. A popular speaker at the STC annual conference and STC chapter meetings, Geoff has given presentations and workshops in North America, the U.K., India, and China.

He currently works as a freelance French translator and scientific editor, specializing in authors for whom English is a second language.