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on 17 March 2012
Writing Science by Joshua Shimel go through the steps to create a concise, coherent and flowing story out of your scientific findings. From overall article structure down to details like sentences and words. It focus on how to put the right paragraphs, sentences and words in the right places to create a both readable and memorable story. Other chapters include how to write more energizing and active, how to condense and shorten your text, how to present limitations of your study and how to write for the public.

I think he base many of the advises on one of the versions of J.M Williams Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace.

The book does not have so many bullet point tips, rather it tells about how to progress your revision of the language and structure in text and with showing examples. But many of the paragraphs and sentences one can underline and have as "good to remember sentences". The examples are both of good writing and less good writing which Joshua comment on why they are good and not so good and more important how to fix it. Throughout in the different chapters, on different levels of hierarchy, Joshua reference to other chapters at other hierarchical levels to make it easier to understand how it go together. For example on explaining how to build good sentences he refer back on how to make good paragraphs and an good overall article. He also have a chapter which go through how to make the overall revision got get all the thing together; Structure, Clarity, Flow, Language.

I highly recommend this book if you write scientific articles and want help with improving your language in those.
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on 3 August 2014
This book is simply brilliant!
Normally books for such genre were written by those who teaches English as their profession. But, here you got real working scientist, editor/reviewer for journal, dealing/writing with proposal funding, having at least 13 000+ citations to date..... at your service. The book will not really teach you about basic writting or grammar, but focus more on how to write strong. As he succinctly state: "You don't succeed as a scientist by getting papers published, you succeed as a scientist by getting them cited."
It highly useful for any academician, but I highly recommend any research student, be it undergrad, MSc., or PhD to read it.
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on 4 April 2015
The only criticism I have with regards to this book is that someone didn't force me to read it four years ago. It made me realise how flawed my writing skills were, and my reports are now significantly better because of it.
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on 14 March 2015
The main message in the book is that "as a scientist, you are a professional writer". This perspective allows Schimel to approach the skill of scientific writing in a very similar way to how one would to fictional writing. It is all about telling interesting stories in a good way, although in the case of scientific writing there is a particular format to the kind of stories we are telling. It is a very good and instructive read.
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on 1 February 2016
this book was recommended by my lecturer, hope it is useful for me
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on 14 March 2016
The book may be good, but I didn't appreciate it.
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on 7 January 2016
Very worthwhile and easy read!
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on 2 August 2015
Good one...
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