Scientists need to show the results of their research effectively through scientific articles. However, many of them have received little training in scientific writing, particularly when the language used is not their mother language. From here, it is even more complicated to ensure that the text is organized, coherent and understandable. While many professionals quickly learn to read texts in English referring to their specific areas of interest, the majority to not develop the skills required to write scientific articles satisfactorily.
On 7 May at the Universitat de Girona, the Esteve Foundation presented Developing skills in scientific writing, a complete manual to help scientists improve writing articles in English. Written by John Giba, a US author who has written several publications on biomedical English, this new book complements the course organized under the same title by the Esteve Foundation throughout Spain.
Precision, simplicity, conciseness and fluidity. These are the principles which according to John Giba, should define a good scientific article To achieve this, he precisely tackles the key aspects for correctly writing scientific texts in English, such as punctuation, grammar, the correct use of numbers and the differences between British and American English. The author accompanies this with multiple examples and self-assessment exercises.
Developing skills in scientific writing was presented at the faculty of medicine of Universitat de Girona, with speeches by Ramon Brugada, of the Cardiovascular Genetics Group of UdG, Fèlix Bosch, director of the Esteve Foundation, and John Giba, author of the book.
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|Complete document||J. Giba||[wpdm id=1583 type=”btn”]|
|Foreword||R. Brugada||[wpdm id=1366 type=”btn”]|
|Preface||J. Giba||[wpdm id=1367 type=”btn”]|
|Acknowledgements||[wpdm id=1368 type=”btn”]|
|Introduction||J. Giba||[wpdm id=1369 type=”btn”]|
|List of exercises||[wpdm id=1370 type=”btn”]|
|1. Structure and organization||[wpdm id=1371 type=”btn”]|
|2.1. Scientific style: Principles||[wpdm id=1372 type=”btn”]|
|2.2. Scientific style: Clarity||[wpdm id=1373 type=”btn”]|
|2.2.1. Precision: Avoiding ambiguity||[wpdm id=1379 type=”btn”]|
|2.2.2. Simplicity: Avoiding unnecessary complexity||[wpdm id=1381 type=”btn”]|
|2.2.3. Concision: Making every word count||[wpdm id=1380 type=”btn”]|
|2.2.4. Fluidity: Keeping the thread||[wpdm id=1382 type=”btn”]|
|3. The overview||[wpdm id=1383 type=”btn”]|
|4. Putting it all together: Additional exercises||[wpdm id=1384 type=”btn”]|
|Appendices||[wpdm id=1385 type=”btn”]|
|Answers||[wpdm id=1386 type=”btn”]|
The notebook Developing skills in scientific writing was presented on 7 May 2015 at the faculty of medicine of Universitat de Girona, with speeches by Ramon Brugada, of the Cardiovascular Genetics Group of Universitat de Girona; Fèlix Bosch, director of the Esteve Foundation, and John Giba, author of the book.