Academic writing links

Lebrun website:

Websites on Visuals
Bates University “How to Write A Paper in Scientific Journal Style and Format”
Naturally, the Grand Master of visualisation is Edward Tufte.

Readability resources
Gopen and Swan

Websites on Grammar
Strunk and White’s “The Elements of Style”.
“Grammar, Punctuation, and Capitalization: A Handbook for Technical Writers and Editors”, written by Mary K. McCaskill from the NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton Virginia (USA).  108-page grammar book.
Pennsylvania State University many online exercises
Purdue university Online Writing Lab (OWL)
University of Wisconsin  handbook containing an extensive grammar section.

Article usage
Writing Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
NASA “The Use and Non-Use of Articles”

NASA grammar section 3.1 to 3.16.1
“Commas with Nonessential Elements” and “Proofreading for Commas”.

Websites on the Evolution of Scientific Writing
“The Death of The Scientific Paper”.
“The Scientific Article: From Galileo’s New Science to the Human Genome”.
“The Say of Things” _of_Things.pdf
Tichy “Advice To Scientist-Writers: Beware Old ‘Fallacies'”
McCabe “a mission to sex up scientese”

Choi “General publication strategies”, “Writing strategies”, “Preparation and submission”, “Rejection and revision” and  “being a good referee”.
“How to Write a Frequently Cited Article” by van der Vorst.
Reasons for rejection.  “How to Read A Paper: Getting Your Bearings (deciding what the paper is about)”.
Croft “Scientific Writing: Discriminating Good from Bad”
Logical fallacies  Richardson  “Logical Fallacies in Scientific Writing”

Scientific Papers

Bates College “The Structure, Format, Content, and Style of a Journal-Style Scientific Paper” resources/writing/HTWtoc.html

Deel recommends to write the abstract in the past tense —
“Lab Report Guide: How to Write in the Format of a Scientific Paper”.
“Scientific Writing Booklet” Tischler
Jones ppt “How to write a great research paper”.
Railsback “Some Thoughts on Writing a Scientific Paper or Thesis” and “Some Comments on Writing and Editing”.
Council of Science Editors (CSE) “CSE’s White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications”
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Websites on the Writing Process
Bates College “A Strategy for Writing Up Research Results”
Peer review form: after your draft is complete,  and when you have made sure your logic is sound and you have tried to make your paper as concise as possible without loosing clarity, show your article to a reader not familiar with your research. This peer-review form helps a reader check out a paper methodically before sending it to the journal.
Purdue University OWL “General Writing Concerns (Planning/Writing/Revising/ Genres)”.
“Guide to Academic Writing”  by Bak

Books on Scientific Writing
A PHD is Not Enough by Peter J. Feibelman
Scientific Style and Format by the Council of Science Editors (CSE)
“Dos and Don’t of Technical Writing” Morgan: the most common errors authors make when writing formulas.
“Citing and referencing guide: Harvard style” Imperial College in London.
How to write a pape using the “Name Year” format.
Craft of Scientific Writing by Michael Alley
Writing for Computer Science by Justin Zobel