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Writing a Clear and Engaging Paper for All Astronomers

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 290)

Abstract

As scientists, we usually receive no formal training in how to communicate effectively scientific information. What little training we do get comes from our PhD supervisors, who may or may not be good communicators themselves. Moreover, too many scientists seem to feel that the goal of scientific writing is to impress others with the author’s intelligence, and most of the rest forget that even people in closely related fields may not be familiar with the jargon, background and technical details specific to each subfield. Yet the principles of clear writing are easily grasped, and with a little practice become natural to implement. Even in a technical journal the audience is not restricted simply to a few direct competitors, so we need to explain why the general topic is interesting, what problems there are in the field, what we have done and how it has helped advance us towards the resolution of one or more of the problems.

Keywords

Peer Review Process Technical Journal Good Paper Direct Competitor Vague Statement 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • L. Sage
    • 1
  1. 1.NatureUSA

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