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Other Kinds of Written Scientific Communication

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This book focuses mainly on writing peer-reviewed papers, since they are key elements of the primary literature, and every scientist who wants a successful academic career needs to write such papers. However, scientists communicate with each other in diverse ways nowadays, ranging from brief emails, letters, text-messages, blogs, Facebook profiles and Twitter ‘tweets’, through press releases, newsletters, oral communications and reports for funding bodies or investors, to grant proposals, short communications, full papers, theses, posters and reviews. The ways in which these communications are composed can have profound effects on scientists’ careers (both positive and adverse). Hence, this chapter discusses how the approach for writing scientific papers can be applied to other communications. The use of electronic communications is considered in some detail because it is all too easy to dash off an email without considering the implications of its content and presentation. A systematic approach to writing literature reviews is also presented.


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Blackwell, J., Martin, J. (2011). Other Kinds of Written Scientific Communication. In: A Scientific Approach to Scientific Writing. Springer, New York, NY.

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