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  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Springer; 2011 edition (6 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1441979212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441979216
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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“The 308 pages are divided into 20 parts and each part is then further divided into sub chapters each of which is titled with a question or simple statement … . Most chapters therefore are short and to the point and effectively deal with an extremely finite aspect of writing … . This would be a useful book for those starting out on the research trail and for those struggling to get their work published.” (ICS News, Vol. 7 (2), July, 2011)

“This book is that it focuses not just on how to write each section of a paper … but also on how to write clear, concise, unambiguous English … . It tells the students all kind of things that I have not found in other books on this topic … . I really recommend this book not just to students but also to EAP teachers … . written in a way that can be understood by students with an upper intermediate level of English.” (Louise Sutherland, Amazon, May, 2011)

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Publishing your research in an international journal is key to your success in academia. This guide is based on a study of referees' reports and letters from journal editors on reasons why papers written by non-native researchers are rejected due to problems with English usage. It draws on English-related errors from around 5000 papers written by non-native authors, 500 abstracts by PhD students, and over 1000 hours of teaching researchers how to write and present research papers.

With easy-to-follow rules and tips, and with examples taken from published and unpublished papers, you will learn how to:

  • prepare and structure a manuscript
  • increase readability and reduce the number of mistakes you make in English by writing concisely, with no redundancy and no ambiguity
  • plan and organize your paper, and structure each paragraph and each sentence so that the reader can easily follow the logical build-up towards various conclusions
  • write a title and an abstract that will attract attention and be read
  • decide what to include in the various parts of the paper (Introduction, Methodology, Discussion etc)
  • select from over 700 useful phrases
  • highlight your claims and contribution
  • avoid plagiarism and make it 100% clear whether you are referring to your own work or someone else’s
  • choose the correct tenses and style (active or passive)

 Other books in the series:

English for Presentations at International Conferences

English for Academic Correspondence and Socializing

English for Research: Usage, Style, and Grammar

English for Academic Research: Grammar / Vocabulary / Writing Exercises

Adrian Wallwork is the author of more than 20 ELT and EAP textbooks. He has trained several thousand PhD students and academics from 35 countries to prepare and give presentations. Since 1984 he has been revising research papers, and in 2009 he set up englishforacademics.com – a proofreading and editing service specifically for researchers.

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Though many titles are available on this theme, what I found very useful in this book is methodical layout of each chapter, orderly flow of subject and easy to read texts. In addition, this book has skilfully balanced the conflict presently faced by many writers which are how to elaborate the methodology of experiments clearly and be succinct at the same time, how to avoid unintended plagiarism and refer other authors work, and how to accentuate the results of experiments without being too emphatic.
Each chapter starts with `what to expect', followed by a few real examples including various referees' comments which then lead to a detail explanation of grammar usage. The summary at the end of each chapter is very useful for the revision. This pattern helps reader to decide if to skip, skim or peruse the chapter. An expanded table of contents makes the area of interest easy to search.
To keep lengthy articles concise and clear is a major problem when publishing in a space and word constrained good scientific journal. To address this issue, this book is full of specific examples, like using verb rather than noun form of a word, reduce number of link words and many more.
Not only there is a detail explanation of grammar usage supported by numerous examples taken from various articles, there is plenty of material to improve writing style. Two chapters are devoted with various practical tips to make the results stands out and easy to read.
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As a trainer in English for Academic Purposes, what I really like about this book is that it focuses not just on how to write each section of a paper (Part 2 of the book), but also on how to write clear, concise, unambiguous English (Part 1). It tells the students all kind of things that I have not found in other books on this topic: e.g. how to highlight the major findings (a skill most of my students are majorly lacking), how to paraphrase, how to avoid plagiarism, how to 'hedge' claims and to criticize the works of others in a positive constructive manner, and really importantly, how to keep the referees and editors happy (the author has apparently read hundreds of referees reports and analysed why papers typically get rejected from a language point of view).

Each chapter dedicated to the various sections of a paper has very clearly instructions on a) how to structure a particular section, b) how to differentiate it from other sections (e.g. how to write the Conclusions so that they are not simply a cut and paste of the Abstract), c) what and what not to include in terms of content. There is also a check list at the end of each chapter. Also, there are about 20 pages of useful phrases that students can use while drafting their manuscript.

I really recommend this book not just to students but also to EAP teachers (check out the same author's book on Presentations - very useful). It is written in a way that can be understood by students with an upper intermediate level of English.
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In my humble opinion, this is a very useful tool for improving how your research papers are written.
In the past, when I was a young Ph.D. student, I thought that most of the efforts of a scientist had to be devoted to the research itself, and only a minor part of the work time to the presentation of the results.
With time, I learned that a fluent (and correct) writing is a prerequisite for a good review of a paper.
This book helped me a lot in improving my acceptance rate, making my papers judged mostly by their scientific contents.
The book can be read from start to end and then can be used as a reference. I really appreciate that the book contains excerpts of published and unpublished papers, with the indications of mistakes and useful suggestions for improving the sentences.
The book contains a lot of tips in how to please the referees of the papers. In particular, I found very useful the chapter on hedging. In fact, I was used to be a bit too sharp in criticizing other approaches and I had the bad habit of boasting my own contributions. This chapter helped me to soften my sentences and to be less direct.
In conclusion, I will definitely recommend this book, especially to Ph.D. students.
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The book is aimed mainly to people who are not English mother tongue (but I believe it would also be useful native speakers). The advice given in the book applies to most disciplines, not just sciences.

The first part of the book is about writing techniques in general while the second part focuses in the structure of a scientific paper.
Especially useful in the second part are the paragraphs about what the Referees complains or the common mistakes based on the author's experience as a revisor of research papers. As I'm first time author I found the indications of which sections are important for inexperienced writers very useful.
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