18 March 2008

Learning to communicate science

The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research just published a training manual entitled 'communicating science.' While it misses an introduction explaining its purpose and use, the manual starts by asking 'Why scientists should communicate? what is scientific writing? and why scientists must write?

The core of the manual is a series of modules that explain how to structure and present scientific information, as a report or article, also in a presentation. Each module contains questions and a quick reference guide to the main points covered.

Under 'structure, it introduces titles and abstracts - writing titles that give them impact; literature reviews, paraphrasing and citation, materials and methods, results, and the discussion/conclusion of an article. The final module provides trainees "with a method for overcoming any fear of starting to write and to maximise the efficiency of the writing process."


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