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Resources for writing about and presenting your science

We've gathered some recommended books, podcasts and articles to help you communicate your science

Books

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These books are published by Cambridge University Press and they can also be borrowed as ebooks from Cambridge University Library. See the instructions for borrowing ebooks.

(Staff members/CAMcard holders get a discount at the CUP bookshop on Trinity Street if you wish to purchase hard copies)

Gustavii: How to Write and Illustrate a Scientific Paper.

Useful tips and perspectives on different sections of a paper.

Clymo: Reporting Research.

As with Gustavii, useful tips and perspectives. 

Morgan and Whitener: Speaking About Science.

Tips on speaking, pitching a topic to audience, importance of communicating. 

Zanders and MacLeod: Presentation Skills for Scientists.

Useful guide for structuring presentation, practical suggestions for various elements of a presentation. 

Bennet and Jennings: Successful Careers Beyond the Lab.

Autobiographical case studies, strategies to find your best fit.  

Taylor: A Student's Writing Guide.

More applicable to undergraduate papers, but contains useful guidelines for constructing an argument to support your finding in any variety of scientific essay. 

Luey: Handbook for Academic Authors.

Useful if looking for a philosophical perspective, informative and well written but not ideal as a quick reference.

Bradshaw: The Effective Scientist.

Interesting and important read, not a reference book.

 

Podcasts

The Nature Careers podcast series includes topics such as 'how to write a top-notch paper' and 'how to get media attention for your research'

 

Articles

Writing readable prose by Amin S.Bredan & Frans van Roy

Viewpoint, EMBO reports (2006) VOL 7, No 9: 846-849

The Art of Successful Publication (ECCO 13 Workshop Report) by John Smyth, Jaap Verweij, Maurizio D’Incalci & Lekshmy Balakrishnan

Eur J Cancer (2006) 42: 434=436

Scientific communication: Writing up (Editorial)

Nat Cell Biol (2011) Vol 13 No 11: 1281

How Twitter is changing medical research by Nicole Wetsman

Nature Medicine (2020) VOL 26, 7–13 | 

How to succeed in science: a concise guide for young biomedical scientists. Part I: taking the plunge by Jonathan W. Yewdell

Nature Reviews Mol Cell Biol (2008) vol 9: 413-416

How to succeed in science: a concise guide for young biomedical scientists. Part II: making discoveries by Jonathan W. Yewdell

Nature Reviews Mol Cell Biol (2008) vol 9: 491-494

Me write pretty one day: how to write a good scientific paper by William A. Wells

J Cell Biol (2004) Volume 165, Number 6  757–758

Everything you need to know about scientific publishing from Technology Networks 2020

 

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The books list was kindly compiled by Archana Yerra in the Miska lab, and the articles list by Kate Dry in the Jackson lab.

If you have a favourite to recommend for adding to the list, let know.

Photo by Ed Robertson on Unsplash