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    Stephen B. Heard.
    Summary: The ability to write clearly is critical to any scientific career. The Scientist's Guide to Writing provides practical advice to help scientists become more effective writers so that their ideas have the greatest possible impact. Drawing on his own experience as a scientist, graduate adviser, and editor, Stephen Heard emphasizes that the goal of all scientific writing should be absolute clarity; that good writing takes deliberate practice; and that what many scientists need are not long lists of prescriptive rules but rather direct engagement with their behaviors and attitudes when they write. He combines advice on such topics as how to generate and maintain writing momentum with practical tips on structuring a scientific paper, revising a first draft, handling citations, responding to peer reviews, managing coauthorships, and more. In an accessible, informal tone, The Scientist's Guide to Writing explains essential techniques that students, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career scientists need to write more clearly, efficiently, and easily. Emphasizes writing as a process, not just a productEncourages habits that improve motivation and productivityExplains the structure of the scientific paper and the function of each partProvides detailed guidance on submission, review, revision, and publicationAddresses issues related to coauthorship, English as a second language, and more.

    Part I. What Writing Is
    1. On Bacon, Hobbes, and Newton, and the Selfishness of Writing Well
    2. Genius, Craft, and What This Book Is About
    Part II. Behavior
    3. Reading
    4. Managing Your Writing Behavior
    5. Getting Started
    6. Momentum
    Part III. Content and Structure
    7. Finding and Telling Your Story
    8. The Canonical Structure of the Scientific Paper
    9. Front Matter and Abstract
    10. The Introduction Section
    11. The Methods Section
    12. The Results Section
    13. The Discussion Section
    14. Back Matter
    15. Citations
    16. Deviations from the IMRaD Canon
    Part IV. Style
    17. Paragraphs
    18. Sentences
    19. Words
    20. Brevity
    Part V. Revision
    21. Self- Revision
    22. Friendly Review
    23. Formal Review
    24. Revision and the "Response to Reviews"
    Part VI. Some Loose Threads
    25. The Diversity of Writing Forms
    26. Managing Coauthorships
    27. Writing in English for Non- Native Speakers
    Part VII. Final Thoughts
    28. On Whimsy, Jokes, and Beauty: Can Scientific Writing Be Enjoyed?
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    Digital Access De Gruyter 2016