Scientific Writing

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These resources are designed to help improve scientific writing skills.

Academic Phrase Bank is a general resource for academic writers. It aims to provide you with examples of some of the phraseological ‘nuts and bolts’ of writing organised according to the main sections of a research paper or dissertation.

Collaborative Learning and Integrated Mentoring in the Biosciences (CLIMB) Written Communication resources are designed to help you improve your writing skills. The advice provided here is not only actionable and practical, it’s science-based. The advice is designed to “de-mystify” the writing process. These resources focus on skills you can quickly master, no matter how you view yourself as a writer, and no matter how complex and subtle the science is.

Duke Graduate School Scientific Writing Resource is online course material that teaches how to write effectively. The material is not about correctness (grammar, punctuation, etc), but about communicating what you intend to the reader. It can be used either in a science class or by individuals. It is intended for science students at the graduate level.

English Communication for Scientists is a brief guide on how to communicate more effectively in English, no matter how much previous experience you have.

Introduction to Journal-Style Scientific Writing is a brief guide to the general format and structure of journal-style scientific writing.

Plain Language Thesaurus for Health Communications (PDF) has been put together by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Marketing. Our aim is to help make health information clear and easy to understand. This thesaurus offers plain language equivalents to medical terms, phrases, and references that we often use. The technical terms found in health information can be confusing. This thesaurus is a tool to help you find words that people may understand better.