This is a strategy book for engineering and science researchers who want to publish academic papers in English. The main purpose of this book is to make you aware of the important language issues that influence the publishability of a technical research paper. This book is written mainly from the point of view of an editor.
There are a number of writing factors that will reduce the probability of a paper’s acceptance by a journal. It may seem surprising, but English grammar is not a major obstacle to publication. Of course the journal editors may ask you to repair your English grammar, but that is a minor problem, easily resolved. This book introduces you to a set of writing and thinking tools that you can use in an ongoing manner, for learning while doing. These are cognitive tools that can guide you in the process of converting your ideas into text.
This book does not deal with grammar: if you want grammar instruction or practice, the References section of this book gives you some starting points and techniques for finding what you need. This book also gives you the concept bank and vocabulary that you will need for communicating with your editor or writing mentor.
How technical people read
Usually when engineers and scientists read, they don’t notice how the English is written. For successful writing of English though, you need to notice English style and structure. This book gives you many focal points for looking at the English in technical writing while you are reading it.
The Style Dossier
One important feature of this book is the style dossier approach. The learners prepare for their professional writing by gathering model English in the form of research papers and lists of words and phrases that they can use for mimicry when they are writing their own research papers. If you start writing a research paper with good model papers in your style dossier, your writing will be much more efficient – and effective.
The purpose of this book
The purpose of this book is to prepare you, the researcher, to avoid the writing problems and errors that affect accessibility and conformity.