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Why good scientific writing matters: for others and for you
2: Fundamental attributes of good scientific writing
The legacy of Francis Bacon: communicative efficacy and objectivity; the five attributes of good scientific writing: clarity, familiarity, economy, neutrality and consistency; the problems of language flux
3: Professional style
Scientific and mathematical typography; numbers, symbols and measurements; tables and figures: conventions and templates; citing and referencing: methods and practices
4: The language of language
Parts of speech; the building blocks of language; writing effective paragraphs; things your teachers got wrong: verbs are NOT doing words, for example
5: Scientific documents: types, structures and content
The IMRAD structure and its offshoots; writing abstracts; grant applications; common faults of logic
6: The process of writing
Techniques; tips and tricks; overcoming writer's bock
7: Aspects of grammar
Old rules best forgotten; subject–verb agreement; the that-or-which dilemma; comparatives and superlatives
8: Obstacles to readability in scientific writing
Sentence complexity; conceptual density; misplaced jargon; nominalisation; noun clustering; poor use of voice; impersonal tone; poor font choice
9: Troublesome words
Words easily confused; transition words; homonyms
10: Vital punctuation
Senseless fads; hyphens and dashes; commas; parenthetic markers; brackets; colons; semicolons; apostrophes; etc.
11: Ethical issues in scientific writing
Co-authorship issues; plagiarism; fabrication; undisclosed funding; ghost citations