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Make Your Mark in Science: Creativity, Presenting, Publishing, and Patents, A Guide for Young Scientists


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Make Your Mark in Science: Creativity, Presenting, Publishing, and Patents, A Guide for Young Scientists

Claus Ascheron, Angela Kickuth

ISBN: 978-0-471-65733-0 December 2004 256 Pages


A degree is not enough

Make Your Mark in Science gives the young scientist the guidance and support much needed during the challenging early years of his or her career. It helps build the skills necessary to become successful in the world of professional science by answering the often neglected but career-defining questions of:

  • How do I work creatively once I have left exams and course books behind?
  • How do I effectively communicate my scientific achievements in oral presentations and written publications?
  • Should I protect my accomplishments with a patent and, if so, how?

Most importantly, this book shows young scientists how to develop their own optimum working habits, an essential ingredient of a successful career in science. In addition, readers will gain an understanding of the machinery of scientific publishing, including electronic publishing. The final chapter is devoted to patents, an area in which scientists frequently fail to recognize and exploit good opportunities.

The authors have taken pains to write in a simple, informal style avoiding the minor but cumbersome technical details often encountered in such guides. Nearly every graduate student and working scientist will find useful hints for improving their creativity and communicating their ideas and results effectively. With proven techniques, useful tips, and practical perspectives on building a career in science, this book will enable you, the reader, to Make Your Mark in Science.

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1. Introduction.

1.1 What Does It Take to Be a Successful Scientist?

1.2 Creativity.

1.3 Presenting.

1.4 Publishing and Electronic Publishing.

1.5 Patents.

2. Scientific Creativity.

2.1 What is Creativity?

2.2 Creativity in Science.

2.3 Prerequisites for Creative Work.

2.4 Personal Working Conditions.

2.5 Group Creativity: Cooperation and Competition.

2.6 Intelligence and Creativity.

2.7 Scientific Creativity and Productivity Worldwide.

3. Scientific Presenting.

3.1 Planning a Presentation.

3.2 Visual Aids.

3.3 Preparing Slides.

3.4 Practicing Before the Event.

3.5 Delivering a Talk.

3.6 Surviving the Discussion.

3.7 The Art of Asking Questions.

3.8 Poster Presentations.

3.9 Some Tips for Chairing Meetings.

3.10 Dos and Don'ts.

4. The Culture and Ethics of Scientific Publishing.

4.1 Purposes of Scientific Publishing.

4.2 Types of Publications.

4.3 A Few Words About Ethics.

5. Writing and Publishing Your Own Paper.

5.1 Planning and Preparation.

5.2  Style of Writing.

5.3 Structure of a Scientific Paper.

5.4 Formal Aspects of Manuscript Preparation.

5.5 Submission, Refereeing, Revisions.

5.6 Writing for Profit?

5.7 Dos and Don'ts.

6. Electronic Publishing.

6.1 Milestones in the Development of Electronic Publishing.

6.2 Today's Electronic Media and Products.

6.3 Use and Benefits of Online Publications.

6.4 The Roles of the Publisher.

6.5 Problems and Potential Pitfalls.

6.6 Future Prospects, Near and Medium-Term.

6.7 Open Access Publications.

7. Patents.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 What Is a Patent?

7.3 What Can and Can't Be Patented?

7.4 Conditions for Patentability.

7.5 Who Should Apply? Patent Ownership.

7.6 Before You Apply.

7.7 Patent Application Procedure: Example of European Patent Office.

7.8 The Patent Examination Process (EPO).

7.9 Differences Between US and European Patents.

7.10 Costs of Patents.

7.11 Getting Assistance.

7.12 A Little Relief.

"...succeeds at its intent, which is to give good advice on basic skills necessary for a successful scientific career." (Physics Today, December 2005)

"...essential for young well as for experienced scientists who need to improve their communication skills." (Journal of Chemical Education, September 2005)

"…a good book containing great advice on publishing and presenting scientific results, patenting scientific work, and the creative side of science." (Journal of Natural Products, August 2005)

“designed to help young scientists to communicate their scientific achievements effectively…” (Physics World, August 2005)

"…brings many important aspects of professional scientific endeavor together in one place and in an informal and understandable language…comprehensive and offers much that would be of interest…" (CHOICE, June 2005)

"A sensible, eminently readable collection of nuts-and-bolts information…gives a concise, thorough, and above all pragmatic answer to the question 'What's it really like to be a scientist?'" (E-STREAMS, May 2005)

" excellent and readable guide to developing the right mental attitudes to allow creativity to flourish..." (Chemistry World, Vol.2, No.4, April 2005)