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The Art of Scientific Writing: From Student Reports to Professional Publications in Chemistry and Related Fields, 2nd, Completely Revised Edition

ISBN: 978-3-527-29829-7
608 pages
March 2004
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Most scientists live in a "publish or perish" environment, but few would describe themselves as brilliant (or enthusiastic) writers. Coming to the aid of all those wishing to improve the quality of their scientific writing -- established researchers and aspiring students alike -- three experienced authors/scientists from differing backgrounds and cultures have compiled this classic guide.
This new edition has been completely revised to reflect dramatic changes in communication over the past 15 years. The primary emphasis is on writing techniques, accurate expression, adherence to accepted standards, and above all clarity, but the authors also venture into communication technology and organizational as well as ethical aspects of science. Numerous appendices and a particularly comprehensive index complete this highly useful book.

"The authors have a passion, not only for clarity and economy of style, but also for precision and consistency."

"A wealth of information contained in a single book of manageable proportions. Students reporting on a simple laboratory experiment and their teachers preparing a paper or lecture will both find this book a constant companion."
(European Science Editing)

"The book under review claims, 'we know of no book as broad in its coverage, as critical in its analysis of existing trends, and as international in its scope'. This claim is immodest but accurate."
(Trends in Pharmacological Sciences)
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Table of Contents

Papers (Journal Articles)
Word Processors and Electronic Manuscript
Formulas and Equations
Collecting and Citing the Literature
A Abbreviations
B Standard Reference Formats
C Selected Quantities, Units, and Constants
D 20 Rules for Preparing a Manuscript on Diskette
E Adresses of Companies and Institutes
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Author Information

Hans F. Ebel received his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1960 with Georg Wittig at the University of Heidelberg (Germany). He was for many years Senior Editor and later a member of the board of directors of the publishing house Verlag Chemie/VCH (now Wiley-VCH). Author and co-author of numerous original publications including books, he has been active since 1982 in the field of scientific and technical communication in general and scientific publication in particular. He has also contributed to the terminological activities of DIN (Deutsches Institut für Normung) and is a board member of the European Association of Science Editors
Claus Bliefert has since 1973 been a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Applied Sciences Münster (Germany). Responsible for numerous research contributions in the fields of hydroxylamines and fluorine chemistry, he was in 1994 named director of the school's Laboratory for Environmental Chemistry, and this subject has become his principal interest in both teaching and applied research. Author and co-author of numerous books, including several in the field of scientific communication, he regularly presents lectures and seminars on topics like "Scientific Writing" and "Technical Presentation".
William E. Russey earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at Harvard in 1967, where he was in the research group of E. J. Corey. His professional life was spent on the faculty of Juniata College, Huntingdon (Pennsylvania), from which he retired as Dana-Supported Professor of Chemistry in 2002. Translator of several books, primarily for VCH, and numerous articles for Angewandte Chemie, and an editor and translator with the Ullmann's Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry, he has also co-authored the book Text and Graphics in the Electronic Age.
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"Novices and experienced writers alike will be certain to learn much from this book. I can recommend it without reservation." (Clinical Chemistry, April 2005)

"…a good author guide and style manual, especially for the beginner. Experienced writers will also find important reference information…" (E-STREAMS, November 2004)

"With an extensive index and literature reference section, this book is a must-have reference for the research scientist and all those aspiring to master the art of scientific writing." (Today's Chemist at Work, August 2004)

"The newest edition of The Art of Scientific Writing is a terrific resource for scientific and other writers alike." (Vet Human Toxicology, 46 (4) August 2004)

A brief selection out of over 70 reviews of the first edition:
"The authors have a passion, not only for clarity and economy of style, but also for precision and consistency." (Nature)

"You could not be in better hands. The Art of Scientific Writing is a very substantial achievement, and I imagine the initials EBR of the authors will become a household word among a generation of chemists." (Chemistry in Australia)

"This outstanding volume is a definite 'must' for every chemists' writing." (Journal of Chromatography)

"Although the scope is wide, the book is extremely detailed and full of practical advice." (CBE Views)

"...small-in-size but large-in-content volume..." (JAOCS)

"This is a very comprehensive and well written book. It is highly recommended. (Polymers Paint Colour Journal)

"This book is so full of information that a beginner in research could possibly be put off. He should persevere and read the whole book. There is so much here which is of help." (Chemistry and Industry)

"...a request to review this book in 300-500 words presents the reviewer with similar difficulty as would a review of the works of Shakespeare in the same space.... I urge all fumbling amateurs to forget their shyness. They will find The Art of Scientific Writing an invaluable handbook for the scientific seduction of the body English." (Trends in Pharmalogical Sciences)

"...I can praise the authors for their clear, concise and systematic coverage of all forms of scientific communication including written, spoken and visual.... I strongly recommend this book to scientific libraries as a reference." (Polymer Division Newsletter)

"Wonderful volume for a gift to a college student, associate, or for yourself. Highly recommended!" (Adhesives & Sealants Newsletters)

"This book will be of service to chemistry and especially to chemistry editors and should also be in every technical library." (Angewandte Chemie International Edition in English)

"This book could be a useful reference for students and professionals alike." (Industrial Chemist)

"...this is a very useful book that should be available in every research and educational establishment that is devoted to natural science." (Folia Parasitologica)

"It contains much good sense, and a lot of helpful information, clearly presented." (Journal of Organometallic Chemistry)

"After reading this book, I appreciate the excellent quality of this publicaton.... Laboratory researchers, university teachers, students and others from scientific disciplines will turn to this book again and again for the important and useful information it provides." (Acta Universitatis Palackianae Olomucenis)

"...this text can be recommended as an adjunct to one of the simpler books available." (The Journal of Histotechnology)

"...that there are three informed writers in the end adds a substantial richness to this practical and informative book." (Chemical and Engineering News)

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