Yes, the is an article, but "the article" is considered by many to be the best, the most important, the only way to communicate about science (at least to other scientists). Yes? No?
Who should be writing about science? What kinds of writing about science constitute scientific communication? Who should be writing them?
"All I want is a proper cup of coffee, made in a proper copper coffee pot." —Trout Fishing in America
Describe how your perfect cup of coffee is made. Start where you wish - with the beans, or with pouring it from a pot, or buying it at a cafe. Be specific and detailed. Don't drink coffee? (I don't!) Do the same with tea or hot chocolate or a favorite sandwich. Five minutes.
Pick a routine prep you do in lab. Describe the perfect process. Be specific and detailed. Five minutes.
The anatomy of a scientific paper: what does one of those all important journal articles look like?
What we're reading
- Anatomy of a Scientific Paper, Excerpted from Anatomy of a Scientific Paper
- Abstract, Communicating Science: A practical guide, Pierre Laszlo, Springer, 2010.
- How to write a scientific paper (book review), R.W. Guillery, J. Anat. (2008) 213, 629–630.
- Whitesides' Group: writing a paper, George Whitesides, Adv. Mater. 2004, 16, 1375-1377.
- Writing Summaries and Abstracts, Margot Northey & Judi Jewinski, Making Sense: A student's guide to research and writing, Oxford 2009. pp 31-38
- Writing a scientific paper, From Research to Manuscript: a guide to scientific writing, Michael Jay Katz, Springer, 2006. pp 53-124
- Instructions for authors, Journal of the American Chemical Society