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Writing scientific research articles : strategy and steps

Author: Margaret Cargill; Patrick O'Connor
Publisher: Hoboken, NJ ; Chichester, West Sussex, UK : Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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Designed to teach researchers the skills needed to get their research published in international, peer-reviewed journals - essential for the careers of all scientists. Illustrated with case  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Cargill, Margaret.
Writing scientific articles
Chichester, West Sussex, UK : John Wiley & Sons Inc., 2013
(DLC) 2012046477
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Margaret Cargill; Patrick O'Connor
ISBN: 9781118570661 1118570669 9781118570685 1118570685
OCLC Number: 828334134
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Machine generated contents note: Section 1 framework for success --
1. How the book is organized, and why --
1.1. Getting started with writing for international publication --
1.2. Publishing in the international literature --
1.3. What do you need to know to select your target journal? --
1.4. Aims of this book --
1.5. How the book is structured --
2. Research article structures --
2.1. Conventional article structures: AIMRaD (Abstract, Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, and Discussion) and its variations --
3. Reviewers' criteria for evaluating manuscripts --
3.1. Titles as content signposts --
Section 2 When and how to write each article section --
4. Results as a "story": the key driver of an article --
5. Results: turning data into knowledge --
5.1. Figure, table, or text? --
5.2. Designing figures --
5.3. Designing tables --
5.4. Figure legends and table titles --
6. Writing about results --
6.1. Structure of Results sections --
6.2. Functions of Results sentences --
6.3. Verb tense in Results sections --
7. Methods section --
7.1. Purpose of the Methods section --
7.2. Organizing Methods sections --
7.3. Use of passive and active verbs --
8. Introduction --
8.1. Argument stages towards a compelling Introduction --
8.2. Stage 1: Locating your project within an existing field of scientific research --
8.3. Using references in Stages 2 and 3 --
8.4. Avoiding plagiarism when using others' work --
8.5. Indicating the gap or research niche --
8.6. Stage 4: The statement of purpose or main activity --
8.7. Stages 5 and 6: Highlighting benefit and mapping the article --
8.8. Suggested process for drafting an Introduction --
8.9. Editing for logical flow --
9. Discussion section --
9.1. Important structural issues --
9.2. Information elements to highlight the key messages --
9.3. Negotiating the strength of claims --
10. title --
10.1. Strategy 1: Provide as much relevant information as possible, but be concise --
10.2. Strategy 2: Use keywords prominently --
10.3. Strategy 3: Choose strategically: noun phrase, statement, or question? --
10.4. Strategy 4: Avoid ambiguity in noun phrases --
11. Abstract --
11.1. Why Abstracts are so important --
11.2. Selecting additional keywords --
11.3. Abstracts: typical information elements --
12. Writing review articles --
12.1. What editors want to publish --
12.2. "take-home-message" of a review --
12.3. structure of review articles --
12.4. Visual elements in review articles: tables, figures, and boxes --
12.5. Checklist for review article manuscripts --
12.6. Submission and revision of review articles --
Section 3 Getting your manuscript published --
13. Submitting a manuscript --
13.1. Five practices of successful authors --
13.2. Understanding the peer-review process --
13.3. Understanding the editor's role --
13.4. contributor's covering letter --
13.5. Understanding the reviewer's role --
13.6. Understanding the editor's role (continued) --
14. How to respond to editors and reviewers --
14.1. Rules of thumb --
14.2. How to deal with manuscript rejection --
14.3. How to deal with "conditional acceptance" or "revise and resubmit" --
15. process for preparing a manuscript --
15.1. Initial preparation steps --
15.2. Editing procedures --
15.3. pre-review checklist --
Section 4 Developing your writing and publication skills further --
16. Skill-development strategies for groups and individuals --
16.1. Journal clubs --
16.2. Writing groups --
16.3. Selecting feedback strategies for different purposes --
16.4. Becoming a reviewer --
16.5. Training for responding to reviewers --
17. Developing discipline-specific English skills --
17.1. Introduction --
17.2. Error types and editor expectations of language use --
17.3. Strategic (and acceptable!) language re-use: sentence templates --
17.4. More about noun phrases --
17.5. Concordancing: a tool for developing your discipline-specific English --
17.6. Using the English articles (a/an, the) appropriately in science writing --
17.7. Using "which" and "that" --
18. Writing funding proposals --
18.1. Introduction --
18.2. process for preparing and submitting a funding proposal --
18.3. Easy mistakes to make --
Section 5 Provided example articles --
19. PEA1: Kaiser et al. (2003) --
20. PEA2: Britton-Simmons and Abbott (2008) --
21. PEA3: Ganci et al. (2012) --
Answer pages --
Appendix: Measures of journal impact and quality --
A.1. Journal impact --
A.2. Using indices of journal quality.
Responsibility: Margaret Cargill, Patrick O'Connor.

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