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RESOURCES FOR SCIENTIFIC WRITERS

* Asterisked items are important sources for this writing module.

Printed Materials:

Robert Boice. Professors as Writers. Stillwater, 1990. Good on writing motivators.

* Robert A. Day. Scientific English, A Guide for Scientists and Other Professionals, 2nd Edition. Oryx Press, Phoenix AZ, 1995. Good for definitions and simple explanations of grammatical and syntactical terms. Note Appendix 2: Problem Words and Expressions, and Appendix 3: Words and Expressions to Avoid.

Robert A. Day. How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper, 5th Edition. Oryx Press, Phoenix AZ, 1996. A standard text on this topic.

*John H. Dirckx. Dx + Rx, A Physician's Guide to Medical Writing, G.K. Hall and Co., Boston, 1977. Not organized for quick reference, but a sound presentation of writing principles.

* George D. Gopen and Judith A. Swan. The Science of Scientific Writing. American Scientist, 78: 550-558, 1990. Good on organization of ideas into sentences and paragraphs.

* Edward J. Huth, M.D. How to Write and Publish Papers in the Medical Sciences. ISI Press, Philadelphia, 1982. I like Ch. 12, Revising Prose Style.

* William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White, illustrated by Maira Kalman. The Elements of Style (Illustrated), 5th Edition. Penguin Books, New York, NY, 2007. An inspirational, BRIEF argument for the value of clarity and brevity in prose. This is a classic because it practices what it preaches. (This fifth edition includes charming illustrations, but previous editions contain much the same content.)

Edward R. Tufte. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Complex and elegant.

* Joseph M. Williams. Ten Lessons in Clarity and Grace, 5th Edition. Addison-Wesley Educational Publishers Inc., New York, 1997. An excellent book, but more suitable forthe language connoisseur than the average scientist (although you can be both!).

Peter Woodford. Scientific Writing for Graduate Students: A Manual on the Teaching of Scientific Writing. Rockefeller University Press, New York, 1968. Good basic information.

Online Materials:

* Guide to Grammar and Writing http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/

A writers' handbook: http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/index.html

Common Errors in English. http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/index.html

English as a Second Language. http://www.rpi.edu/web/writingcenter/esl.html [on article usage]

English Style and Usage: http://www.bartleby.com/usage/ (a) Strunk and White's The Elements of Style (original 1918 version); (b) Fowler's The King's English

Guide to Grammar and Style, by Jack Lynch. http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/index.html

Medical Library Association publications support. http://www.mlanet.org/publications/books/pub_support.html

Revising Prose, from The Writing Center @ Rensselaer. http://www.rpi.edu/web/writingcenter/revise.html

Editorial Resources

American Medical Writers Association - Each self-study module includes a workbook with examples and exercises, as well as a CD-ROM featuring an interactive PDF of the workbook. Self-study workshops can be used to acquire credit in AMWA's core certificate program (2 credits for Basic Grammar, 1 for Punctuation, and 1 for Sentence Structure). http://www.amwa.org/default.asp?id=183

American Medical Writers Association - Has for fee ($75/6 month) searchable membership directory. The entries in the directory can be searched by keyword, city, and state. In addition, multiple-category searching is available for Services and Media, which are listed alphabetically with relevant subcategories indented underneath. Users may specify multiple search parameters in their search. http://www.amwa.org/default.asp?id=148

Board of Editors in the Life Sciences - Has "Freelance Search" - FREE searchable database by geographic region (including other countries and continents), area of expertise, type of service (e.g., authors editing, copy editing, indexing, substantive editing), and type of media. Gives name, address, phone, email, certifications, expertise, and websites. http://www.bels.org/findeditor/freelance_search.cfm

Council of Scientific Editors - has "Job Bank" with FREE listings of nine manuscript editors (as of March 20, 2008). Gives email, address, websites, services, education, and affiliations. http://www.councilscienceeditors.org/jobbank/services.cfm

Editorial Freelancers Association - All types of editors, searchable FREE by state, skill (e.g., copyeditor, proofreader), and area (e.g., health/medical, science). Gives names, addresses, emails, websites, skills, specialties, and resumes. http://www.the-efa.org/directory.html