Writing Scientific Publications


In science, your goal is to write a paper that is easy to understand. The art of scientific writing is not in the subtle underlying message conveyed by your prose. Instead, scientific prose is judged by how well it defines the details of the observations that you have made. In a scientific paper, however, your prose style should disappear, and the reader should marvel at the realistic, explicit, and cleanly etched picture that you have painted. To write precisely is to write without adornment. It can be an effort to recognize fluff and imprecision in your own writing, so train yourself to catch and to remove vagaries, emotion, indirectness, and redundancy (M.J. Katz, From Research to Manuscript).

Lots of tips and inspiration came from this event (http://lib.ft.ugm.ac.id/2014/10/02/berbagi-tips-menulis-di-jurnal-internasional-perpusftugm.html). Below are pdfs compilation about writing scientific papers, curated from university’s journal repositories and the great library of the Internet. Hopefully enough to feed your curiosity.

  1. Scopus Index List last updated May 2014 (complete excel file list available at http://wibirama.com/scopus/. It’s great to know that several Indonesian journals and proceedings are categorized as publications with impact factor)
  1. Effective writing and publish scientific papers (writing tips series from Elsevier’s Marine Pollution Bulletin and Journal of Clinical Epidemiology) http://bit.ly/effectivewritingpublish
  1. From Research to Manuscript by Michael Jay Katz (copied and borrowed from the great library of the Internet for low-budget researchers. If you really enjoy it, please support the author by buying this excellent book) http://bit.ly/researchmanuscriptkatz
  1. Citation and impact factor distributions of scientific journals (analysis about two-year and five-year impact factors and citation half-lives of journals published in different selected countries, published in Journal of Infometrics) http://bit.ly/citationimpactfactor
  1. Contents and time sensitive document ranking of scientific literature (a new link-based document ranking framework, as an improvement from PageRank-like ranking system, published in  Journal of Infometrics) http://bit.ly/rankingscientific
  1. Salami slicing – ethics in research and publication (taken from Elsevier’s Guide of Author. Whoops, my bad, it’s not a “salami sandwich” after all) http://bit.ly/salamislicing
  1. Common Mistakes in Writing Abstracts in English (Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences) http://bit.ly/commonmistakeabstract
  1. Developing Thinking Skills in the Course of Academic Writing (Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences) http://bit.ly/developingthinkingskills
  1. Authorder® (determining who should be listed as an author on a publication, and what order they should be listed) http://bit.ly/author-order

Comic illustration courtesy of http://www.nature.com/