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Scientific Writing: Deliberate practice makes you better

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Research is only half the work; it is incomplete until a journal publishes the results. Copy editors are the first hurdle in the publication process and check that manuscripts are suitable for the journal and respect the format. Editors, the second hurdle, review abstracts, conclusions, and references. Reviewers, the third hurdle, devote more time to validate the hypotheses, results, and interpretation. Rejection rates across journals are increasing and many publish fewer than one out of five submissions. Writing well reduces rejection rates but, more importantly, it improves the message and so readers are more likely to read and cite the work. In this workshop we review the minutiae of writing clearly and discuss: Aristotelian means of persuasion, writing style, and metadiscourse. We apply Occam’s razor to text and recommend replacing 007 with explicit agents.

This talk is part of the Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Departmental Seminars series.

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