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How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper [Paperback]

Robert A. Day
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Dec 1984
The growth of the Internet, online journals, new software packages, computer networks – these and other facets of science writing can be found in the new edition of Robert A. Day's How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper. Day has also expanded the section on poster preparation and presentation. The author helps good scientists become good writers by providing a practical guide to the process of writing, organising, illustrating, and submitting scientific research for publication in a scholarly scientific journal. The book's chapters are arranged according to the sequence of necessary steps for the submission and publication of a scientific paper. Day also discusses review writing, conference reports and theses, oral presentations, permissions and ethical issues, how to avoid jargon, and, finally, abbreviations and grammar. The book concludes with six appendices and a glossary of technical terms.
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  • Paperback: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Imprint unknown (Dec 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0894950223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0894950223
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,665,292 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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' … an authoritative, readable and witty guide. It also ranges far more widely than the title suggests - from public speaking to dealing with editors. An essential tool for all scientists.' New Scientist

'Gives sensible advice on all manner of subjects, including how to write book reviews.' Nature

' … a highly readable volume with an excellent use of cartoons and snappy quotes.' Bill Houston, Library Review and Reference Reviews

'Another great job!! Present and future scientists will thank you for the effort you have made in this edition of your book.' L. Leon Campbell, Academic Affairs

'A very useful book indeed.' The Chemical Intelligencer

'… warmly recommended.' P. K. Thomas, Journal of Anatomy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The growth of the Internet, online journals, new software packages, computer networks - these and other facets of science writing can be found in the new edition of Robert A. Day's How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper. The long-awaited fourth edition of this classic volume is filled with facts, advice, and guidance, all written in R. A. Day's breezy, readable style. For thousands of scientists, writers, and students, How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper is the 'how-to' book. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good reference at a price!! 30 Oct 2000
Format:Paperback
It's a good reference for beginners who want to start authoring scientific papers or presentations. However, it is in the beginners level and few topics cover subjects for experienced writers...In addition one has to wonder if you need to buy a beginners guide for such a huge price?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant resource 26 April 2010
By S Kez
Format:Paperback
This book was recommended to me by a professor in the department during a series of workshops on writing skills for post graduates. It is an excellent resource with bite size chapters on how to approach different sections of scientific writing - an area I have always struggled with. As the quote in Chapter 3 begins "Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead" (Gene Fowler). If this is how you feel, then this book is the help you have been looking for. Easy to read and understand with a practical framework and guidance on beginning a writing project such as a report or thesis. Worth every penny.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A trusty tome 7 Feb 2009
Format:Paperback
I first encountered this book over 20 years ago, when a German student who was writing a scientific paper in English lent it to me. Even as a non-scientist, I found it very interesting and informative. It has a very good index and a useful glossary and appendices. Also deals with related matters such as the Internet and computers (this 5th edition of 1998 still mentions dot matrix printers, so don't expect to find out about the latest laptops!) Definitely recommmended for the scientific reader and others, like translators, who have dealings with scientific papers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 30 Sep 2014
Format:Hardcover
It is very good
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have reference! 20 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read the 4th edition, but I assume this 5th edition is even better, if that were possible! My copy sits among the dictionary, the thesaurus, and the scientific style guide. Written with humor, this amazing how-to book breaks down all of the components of writing any scientific product, be it thesis or manuscript, and gives practical instructions on what to include and what to avoid. I especially enjoyed the grammar sections, with its real-world examples, such as "lying on top of the intestines, you will perhaps make out a small transparent thread," which is a somewhat gooey spot for observation... I refer to this book every time I write, and find new advice to keep me on track--and published!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate guide for scientists who want share ideas. 19 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was acquainted with Robert Day's How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper during my post graduate years. Only the fourth edition was available then. I have since continually recommended it to all people in my scientific circles. Now that I am involved in helping budding scientists take their first steps in research, I use Day's book as my bible. Most of the undergraduate students that have come by me have been exposed to this handy reference, and I believe that through Day's book third world science can actually level up to our first world counterparts.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars one of the best !! 15 Jan 1999
By redab@qualitynet.net - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
as i am preparing for Ph.D. research in law, i thought i bought this book by mistake, for the title contained the word "Scientific"! it turned out to be one of the best readings i did on academic research (and believe me; i did many). a very good book with a direct approach towards the 'techniques' of writing for publication. although it is addressing scientists, most of the tips are suitable for researchers in other disciplines, even humanities. the writer succeeded in the difficult formula: original ideas + sense of humor ! i recommend it strongly.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for all levels 4 Oct 2001
By Derrick Townsend - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I was first introduced to this book while in college and continue to draw from it as a resource. I encourage my students to purchase it for themselves and I give examples from the book when lecturing on "good" writing techniques. This book is good for all levels from the freshman science student to the accomplished research scientist. Day's use of textual humor and Peanuts cartoons is a welcome break from the typical boring style of "how to write" books. I would recommend this book for anyone involved in scientific writing no matter what their background OR what field they are writing for.
14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars too basic to be helpful 10 Feb 2005
By George W - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's good to know how an editor think about the scientific writing, but practically the book is not helpful if you want to learn writing rather than editing. The author has never written scientific papers by himself. He has no idea how to orgnize the data and make a convincing story.

I have read many beautiful scientific papers in prestigeous journals. How come those authors have not written a book??

Also Day's book is too old. Now day nobody would like to draw graphs if there is software available.
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