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Infographic: How to write better science papers


Tips for writing research articles people will want to read
By Natalia Rodriguez

Posted on 15 May 2015

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Reporting results in a scientific journal is a process common to researchers in all disciplines. However, many
scientific papers fail to communicate research work effectively. Pitfalls include using complicated jargon, including
unnecessary details, and writing for your highly specialized colleagues instead of a wider audience.
Effective research articles are interesting and useful to a broad audience, including scientists in other fields. This
infographic presents tips to help you write papers people will want to read.

References
Tips for Writing Better Science Papers (ChemistryViews)
Research4Life Training Portal Authorship Skills

More resources for science writing:


Elsevier Publishing Campus: Elseviers new online training center includes instruction on writing for
books and journals, peer reviewing, grant writing, ethics and how to get your research noticed. Read
more.
Research4Life Training Portal: A platform with free downloadable resources for researchers. The
Authorship Skills section contains 10 modules, including how to read and write scientific papers,
intellectual property and web bibliography along with hands-on activity workbooks.
Writing in the Sciences: An online course by Coursera that teaches scientists to become more effective
writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics include principles of good writing, tricks for writing
faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, and issues in publication and peer
review.
A similar version of this infographic was appeared on the Research4Life blog.

Elsevier Connect Contributor

Natalia Rodriquez
Natalia Rodriguez (@rodrigueznats) is the Communications Coordinator for
Research4Life, a public-private partnership providing access to scientific information to
researchers, academics, students, doctors and other professionals in the developing
world. Natalia holds a BSc in biology and an MSc in science communication from Delft
University of Technology in the Netherlands. Before joining Research4Life, she worked
in the Elsevier's Global Communications department in Amsterdam.
Currently based in Bremen, Germany, Natalia also works as a freelance creative for
different organizations, finding innovative ways to communicate science and development.