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Scientific Writing

A guide to resources for writing and citing in the sciences.

Scientific Writing Resources

Additional information is available here on writing including a link to the course textbook, Scientific Writing and Communication by Angelika Hofmann, the ACS, AMA, and CSE style guides, book resources, and tips and tricks for science writing.

Course Textbook

See below for information on the course text in Gumberg's catalog.

Style Publication Manuals

There are a number of publication styles used by the scientific disciplines or professions. In many cases the journal in which you are publishing determines the style of citation and author guidelines are often available on the journal's website.

Some of the more commonly used styles include the American Chemical Society (ACS), the American Medical Association (AMA), and the Council of Science Editors (CSE). Click on the covers below to access the style guides - online access is available for ACS and AMA, while a print version of CSE is available at Gumberg.

The ACS Guide to Scholarly Communication

Books in Our Collection

These titles are available either electronically or in print at Gumberg Library. In this course, students are expected to develop skills not only in writing scientifically, but in presenting those scientific findings and conclusions to different audiences. Click the covers below to access the titles in our catalog or on ProQuest Ebook Central.


Books on Writing Scientifically

The Scientist's Guide to Writing: How to Write More Easily and Effectively throughout Your Scientific Career
The Craft of Scientific Communication
Writing science: How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded
How to write and publish a scientific paper
The craft of scientific writing
Writing Scientific Research Articles : Strategy and Steps
Reading and Writing Knowledge in Scientific Communities: Digital Humanities and Knowledge Construction

Books on Presenting Scientific Findings

The Craft of Scientific Presentations: Critical Steps to Succeed and Critical Errors to Avoid
Communicating Clearly about Science and Medicine: Making Data Presentations As Simple As Possible... But No Simpler
Communicating Science: A Global Perspective
Scientific Papers and Presentations
Presenting Data: How to Communicate Your Message Effectively
Listen, Write, Present: The Elements for Communicating Science and Technology

Scientific Writing Tips and Tricks

See the following resources for what to do and what NOT to do when writing scientifically.