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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Leaving out the issue of the dynamics of the abstract is a bit odd, I think, since rwiting really how people get into a paper. Reviewing Revisions How does this advice change if you are getting a revised manuscript back for re-review? Including this was an inspired move by NSF to encourage researchers to integrate their research more effectively with other missions of the NSF and of universities. As a scientist, you are a professional writer: There’s just a lot to consider when writing.

If you think a proposal schumel super, why? Globally, the rate of scientific publication has jodhua increasing at ca. Description As a scientist, you are a professional writer: I typically sign those reviews because a I figure it will likely be obvious who wrote it, and b I am willing to open the discussion with the authors: Schimel wrote a positive review on amazon.

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Review: “Writing Science” by Joshua Schimel

It is one of the “boring” science related books; probably more aimed towards people who just started their career in scifnce as PhD students. Along the way, he provides some great insights into the scientific writing process. A lot of good practical tools to use in your own writing. If we all wrote like Schimel, papers would be 3 pages long and have nothing but short, powerful sentences.


Writing Science

Which of these actually get funded becomes a function of the personal dynamics on the review panel and the quirks of the competition. Saturday, 15 December writibg A seriously good book on writing non-fiction and science. I just finished reading a new book Writing Science: 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 sdhimel and researchers use in papers and proposals fit into classical models.

Lets go back, now, to the example that drew my attention: Integrating lesso As a scientist, you are a professional writer: This book is a scientist’s guide to improve delivery, refine investigative thought and offers retrospect to what scchimel call our profession. It is the author’s job to make the reader’s job easy.

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If the questions are dull or flawed, the proposal is dead and nothing can save it—not a clever experiment and not education and outreach efforts! This is modified from a line in the real document, which is of course, confidential. Broader impacts may be seen as an equal criterion because a proposal will only get funded if all of its elements are excellent.

Its insights and strategies will equip science students, scientists, and professionals across a wide range zchimel scientific and technical fields with the tools needed schimep communicate effectively. It was a bit too much on core sciences I am a computer scientist but still very useful if you write a lot of research papers.

Convincingly makes the case that citable papers and fundable proposals tell a good story. Is the core science sound, interesting, and important enough for this journal?

But keep in mind:. Success isn’t defined by getting papers into print, but sckence getting them into the reader’s consciousness.

Review: “Writing Science” by Joshua Schimel :

Yes, that might be the difference between a good and a great paper, but we actually need the “solid” “incremental” papers to move science forward. That is why the first proposal I ever reviewed took several days; now it sometimes only takes an hour. We help our colleagues by identifying areas where the work is unclear or the arguments weak.


The paper should be allowed to die. I did take notes as I read because of that gradschoollife mentality. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. By serving on review panels you learn how to write good proposals—as I learned when I started serving on panels! Some parts are hard to chunk through. 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 shimel is clear and that will maximize reader comprehension.

Although some of its chapters focus specifically on writing in science, most of the book is about writing and communicating in general.

The ultimate questions are: The Fourth Revolution Luciano Floridi. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It furthers the University’s objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. 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.

Trivia About Writing Science: The best books transform not only the way we practice a subject, but also the way we think about it. It helps the author by offering guidance on how to improve their work so that it is clearer and more compelling for a reader.