Introduction to Scientific Writing

A time-saving overview of the essentials
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Friday, June 26, 2015

After finishing my Bachelor I was looking back on my bachelor thesis and was wondering how I could further improve my writing in terms of my upcoming master studies thesis and as a scientist. Therefore I started reading and studying a lot about scientific writing and how to publish research outcomes. Since I think of it as an important key skill for students and scientists as well, I would like to share the results of my work and learning by providing you with a hopefully useful and time-saving overview of the essentials of scientific writing.

So I will offer you the following posts as different aspects about scientific writing

  • Different types of articles and the importance of their content
  • Steps in the writing process
  • Literature review and Citing

As you may have experienced yet, scientific writing cannot be learned only from books. It is a learning process and improvement comes from experience and feedback, so do not hesitate to ask for help or advice from other (more experienced) people.

I read several books from the library (see references) to get a wide overview about the topic, but I must say, most of the books are very much alike.

  • It is not easy to write a scientific article in the beginning, but it is possible to improve. Improving is not easy and needs lots of self-reflection and if possible reflection and comments from others.
  • The first draft is never similar to the handed in manuscript. Until a text is finished lots of reviewing, rewriting and commenting is needed.
  • A good reviewer is worth a lot! If you have someone commenting and reviewing your drafts, he will probably find some things that you did not thought about.
  • Watch your language. Your language can transport lots of information, even false information, if not used correctly or imprecise.
  • Every message needs a carrier! Which way of publishing you use depends on what you want to tell the reader (or listener) and who you want to reach with your publication. And all of these different publications have their own advantages, disadvantages and difficulties.

I hope you see this blog posts as a little time saving guide to get in touch with the topic and motivate you to think about your own writing skills.


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