Writing and Publishing: Resources for Researchers and Scholars

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Expert Advice on Writing about Science for Fellow Scientists

The following publications and websites offer helpful guidance on presenting research to fellow scientists. 

Booth, Wayne C.; Gregory G. Colomb; Joseph M. Williams; Joseph Bizup; and William T. Fitzgerald. The Craft of Research, 4th edition.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2016. 

            The authors cover the research process from framing the initial question to using sources, from building an argument to drafting a manuscript, from revising the manuscript to selecting visuals. 

Harmon, Joseph E.; and Alan G. Gross.  The Craft of Scientific Communication. Chicago:  University of Chicago Press, 2010. 

            In the first part of this book, Harmon and Gross provide instructions for writing the various components of a scientific journal article – posing a research problem, choosing a title, structuring the argument, preparing the methods section, and citing sources. In the second part, they discuss proposals, presentations, and articles for lay audiences. In the third section, they conclude with two chapters on writing styles. The two chapters on PowerPoint presentations may seem dated, but the advice regarding the use of visuals remains relevant.

Miller, Jane E.  The Chicago Guide to Writing about Numbers: The Effective Presentation of Quantitative Information. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.

           This continues to be the only book that brings together all the tasks that go into writing about numbers, integrating advice on finding data, calculating  statistics, organizing ideas, designing tables and charts, and writing prose all in one volume. Field-tested with students and professionals alike, this holistic book is the go-to guide for everyone who writes or speaks about numbers. – from the publisher's website