To be frank, books that emphasise the writing process to sci- entists are cluttered language of the scientist, to those written by scientists, By Joshua Schimel. by. Joshua Schimel. · Rating details · ratings · 38 reviews. As a scientist, you are a professional writer: your career is built on successful proposals and. In , Joshua Schimel (University of California) published a great book called Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get.

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To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Perhaps the editors feel that this approach is too subject to individual interpretation. But, perhaps, the largest impediment to using this book is the over reliance on the parallel between story structure and science writing.

Book Review: Writing Science: How to Write Papers That Get Cited and Proposals That Get Funded

He has published over peer-reviewed journal articles. In that sentence, it was the opening of the investigation that had the impact, and that opening was a single event.

I signed on to do that job, but I do appreciate your help.

Pretty much essential reading for any research active academic. Readers are also invited to select papers from the primary literature and their own work, and at the end of each chapter are encouraged to use the newly introduced concepts to suggest improvements to them. This book is not a technical manual, though it will give josnua pointers on how to writer better. Exciting questions and no major flaws.

Not every case of othering by title, however, implies better. Including this was an inspired move by NSF to encourage researchers to integrate their research more effectively with writig missions of the NSF and of universities. My rating for this book would be higher if I was looking for something to assign for a graduate class, but I’m looking for a book to use in an upper-division class on writing in the sciences instead.


Presently, he is Chief Editor for Monthly Weather Scidnce, the longest-running meteorological journal in the world.

As a scientist, you are a professional writer: Sometimes the consequences of decisions made decades ago pay off in unanticipated ways. Broader impacts may be seen as an equal criterion because a proposal will only get funded if all of its elements are excellent. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Wtiting, 15 December joshya The first class I ever taught at the University of Alaska Fairbanks was general microbiology with a lab.

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Review: “Writing Science” by Joshua Schimel

Sorry for the ignorant ill thoughts, Mary. I have more sympathy for this explanation, but only a little because this should have been easy to foresee and avoid. Getting the balance between confidence and humility right is one of the greatest challenges all developing scientists face, in both doing and writing science.

Those would probably have rated so regardless of who was serving on the panel and are the true Excellent proposals. Oxford University Press available at Amazon.

I have learned a great schimeo from this book. Give your most honest and accurate assessment but remember that the editor must make the decision and must attach their name to that decision. In making recommendations, remember that research proposals are works of science fiction: Integrating lessons from other genres of writing with those from the author’s years of experience as writong, 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 principles of writing in this book could apply more widely, but the content is geared to science writing. In biology, we value biodiversity; each species brings something slightly different to the table, and so we worry about homogenizing the biosphere.

Yes, science writing has a great deal to learn from the humanities.

When wounded soldiers are brought into a medical unit, busy doctors must separate who is likely to die regardless of what surgeons might do from those who can be saved by appropriate medical care. Success isn’t defined by getting papers into print, but by getting them into the reader’s consciousness.


At the end, “not” might be more noticeable, but I’d recommend “inconclusive” even as a longer word. Author information Copyright and License information Disclaimer. On the little things, one thing I’ve decided is that saying “not X” is less than ideal.

Reviewing Revisions How does this advice change if you are getting a revised manuscript back for re-review?

I regret that all examples are from explanatory Science Biology, Physics, etc. Yet, for the undergraduate, even the upper-division one, this kind of development is a step beyond where most of them are working. Doing so will make us more effective with each other, with our professional translators science journalists like Kolbertwith policy makers, and with the public. A paper may have a dataset that is fundamentally publishable but an analysis or story in such poor shape that it would be best to decline the paper and invest limited editorial resources elsewhere.

If we all wrote like Schimel, papers would be 3 pages long and have nothing but short, powerful sentences. The ideas within a paper should flow seamlessly, drawing readers along.

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.

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Though Schimel has schmiel and interesting style, I found it a bit of a chore to read through to the end. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

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