Scientific Writing for Impact Factor Journals

Eric Lichtfouse
Professor, INRA, Agroecology Unit, University of Burgundy, Dijon, France

Series: Media and Communications – Technologies, Policies and Challenges
BISAC: TEC041000

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Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick

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Publish or Perish. This old adage illustrates the importance of scientific communication; essential to research, it also represents a strategic sector for each country’s competitiveness. An often-neglected topic, scientific communication is of vital importance, with new information technologies accelerating and profoundly changing how knowledge is disseminated. The necessity of optimally disseminating experts’ findings has also become crucial to researchers, institutes and universities alike, which has prompted the recent advent of Impact Factors for the evaluation and financing of research, the goal being for scientific knowledge to be equally distributed to a very broad audience, especially to the media, entrepreneurs and sociopolitical players.

This handbook presents the “golden rules” for publishing scientific articles. In order to do away with major recurring errors, the author explains how to easily structure an article and offers support for the typical mistakes made by most scientists, tips on how to make the style more academic or more general to fit your intended readership and, in the book’s closing section, suggests new publishing techniques of the Internet age such as the micro-article, which allows researchers to focus their findings into a single innovative point. The major principles presented can be applied to a broad range of documents such as theses, industry reports, publicity texts, letters of intent, CVs/resumes, blogs and press releases, as all of these documents involve presenting information on advances, discoveries, innovations, or changes to our previous knowledge.

Foreword

Preface

Acknowledgments

Chapter 1. General Advice

Chapter 2. Tips by Section

Appendices

Index

"I must admit that when this book came my way I was far from sure that it was appropriate for review in this journal. Ardent ichthyophiles will be delighted to find their fish-fix in Fig. 2 of page 77, but unless I missed it there is no mention at all of fish biology in the text itself. Remaining intrigued, I decided not to send the book out to a colleague but to review it myself. I am so glad that I did." Published in the Journal of Fish Biology READ MORE... - Ian J. Winfield, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Lancaster, U.K.

"...Lichtfouse has constructed his book offering tips and directions for young researchers and doctoral students on the craft of writing publishable manuscripts and scientific communication. This book is an excellent and practical, step-by-step guide in the field of writing that is supported with examples and great summarising illustrations and tables." Published in the Journal of Medical Genetics READ MORE... - M. Alriyami and C. Polychronakos, University, Montreal, Québec, Canada

"This certainly thing, but very informative book illustrates the importance of scientific communication. It is essential for researchers, willing to develop their productive writing skills quickly." READ MORE... - Ralph Babler, BAM Federal Institute for Materials Research & Testing, Germany

"This is precisely what I say to my student-candidates for our United States Medical Licensure Examination Step 3 {U.S.M.L.E. III} {1} and to my student candidates for Certification by our American Board of Internal Medicine; {A.B.I.M.} the major difference is Professor Eric Lightfouse says it better. I encourage my students to write up challenging cases, I offer to help writing up these challenging cases with our understanding that the student will be the sole and only author while I will might receive a footnote in fine print endorsing, “Special thanks to Doctor Josh for his encouragement and support!” READ MORE... - Josh Grossman, , Colonel {r}, U.S. Army Medical Corps, M.D., FACP

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Click on the following links to see a slide-show presentation and a writing tool created by Dr. Eric Lichtfouse:

  • Slide-Show Presentation:
  • Writing Tool
  • Tools to Publish Research
  • Writing a Review in 7 Steps

    Audience: My book is adapted to the ‘average’ international scientist, whereas competitive books are readable only by English-speaking natives, thus highly reducing the audience. Without going deeply in details, this is due to ‘culture’, I gave a conference on that at the European Conference of Science Editors a while ago. My book guidelines starts from ‘field’ errors of authors, whereas other books are written in a – too – academic, listing way. My book describe a novel, field-tested, essential tool, the ‘micro-article’, that help scientists to distillates their results to yield a golden nugget, before starting to write their full article.

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