How to write better science papers

Infographic: How to write better science papers
Tips for writing research articles people will want to read
By Natalia Rodriguez
Posted on 15 May 2015
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Reporting results in a scientific journal is a process common to researchers in all disciplines.
However, many scientific papers fail to communicate research work effectively. Pitfalls include
using complicated jargon, including unnecessary details, and writing for your highly specialized
colleagues instead of a wider audience.
Effective research articles are interesting and useful to a broad audience, including scientists in
other fields. This infographic presents tips to help you write papers people will want to read.
Tips for Writing Better Science Papers (ChemistryViews)
Research4Life Training Portal — Authorship Skills
More resources for science writing:
Elsevier Publishing Campus: Elsevier’s new online training center includes instruction
on writing for books and journals, peer reviewing, grant writing, ethics — and how to get
your research noticed. Read more.
Research4Life Training Portal: A platform with free downloadable resources for
researchers. The Authorship Skills section contains 10 modules, including how to read
and write scientific papers, intellectual property and web bibliography along with handson activity workbooks.
Writing in the Sciences: An online course by Coursera that teaches scientists to
become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics
include principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the
format of a scientific manuscript, and issues in publication and peer review.
A similar version of this infographic was appeared on the Research4Life blog.
Elsevier Connect Contributor
Natalia Rodriguez (@rodrigueznats) is the Communications
Coordinator for Research4Life, a public-private partnership
providing access to scientific information to researchers,
academics, students, doctors and other professionals in the
developing world. Natalia holds a BSc in biology and an MSc in
science communication from Delft University of Technology in the
Netherlands. Before joining Research4Life, she worked in the
Elsevier's Global Communications department in Amsterdam.
Currently based in Bremen, Germany, Natalia also works as a freelance creative for different
organizations, finding innovative ways to communicate science and development.
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