Scientific Writing and Presentation

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Scientific Writing and Presentation

Scientific writing in general

A collection of good links for almost all purposes: http://www.med.yale.edu/library/ref/writing.html

Articles on scientific writing in general

The award wining essay from V. Booth "Writing a scientific paper" (PDF): http://www.scribd.com/doc/8709705/Writing-a-Scientific-Paper?autodown=pdf

A small guide on how to write boring (PDF): http://www.indiana.edu/~halllab/GradRes/BoringWriting.pdf

Short checklist of the most important principles (PDF): http://feral.org.au/edulertz.htm

Deryl Bem:Writing the Empirical Journal Article (PDF): http://dbem.ws/WritingArticle.pdf

On grammar and style: http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/

Geoff Cumming et al. "On error bars in publications". J Cell Biol. 2007 Apr 9;177(1):7-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1083/jcb.200611141

Useful also to know what the other site is thinking: How to review a scientific publication http://advan.physiology.org/cgi/reprint/27/2/47

25 common writing errors: http://www.collegeathome.com/articles/for-who-or-whom-25-common-writing-errors/

Presenting your data orally and on posters

On oral presentations:
Jay Lehrs famous essay "Let there be stoning": http://www.ecy.wa.gov/events/hg/stoning.pdf

Poster presentations:
Jane E Miller. "Preparing and Presenting Effective Research Posters". Health Serv Res. 2007 Feb;42(1 Pt 1):311-28. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-6773.2006.00588.x

John D. Woolsey. "Combating poster fatigue". Trends Neurosci. 1989 Sep;12(9):325-32. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0166-2236(89)90039-8

Administrating Literature

Nice tool to order you literature (start early, it'll look incredibly harmless and small at the beginning, and than... ups, there a big amorphous pile of unsorted knowledge somewhere...), find out what other people thought about this particular paper...

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Referencing literature in your texts

If you are not in the lucky situation of having access to EndNote or Reference Manager, here are some free and legal downloads-try to familiarize yourself with these programs before you have to write your first lab report!

The Zotero program (Firefox): http://www.zotero.org
BibSonomy (Linux)
JabRef (Java): http://jabref.sourceforge.net/
Mendeley (Windows, Mac OS, Linux): http://www.mendeley.com/

Publishing your data

A 'rough guide' for publishing: http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/nmeth0907-675