Fundamentals of Effective Scientific Writing – Manuscripts and Grants

Fundamentals of Effective Scientific Writing – Manuscripts and Grants

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“Fundamentals of Effective Scientific Writing – Manuscripts and Grants.” A short presentation followed by Q&A with speaker Kristin Sainani, Clinical Assistant Professor with Health Research and Policy, Stanford University.



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From writing grants to authoring scientific papers, technical writing is an imperative skill at any stage of one’s career. From students to experienced chemists, writing is ingrained in everyday work, yet most scientists rarely take time to improve. Improving one’s technical writing is to improve one’s career. Communicate your ideas more clearly and effectively, get more of your papers published, and win that major grant! Join our speaker, Kristin Sainani of Stanford University for expert guidance on improving your technical writing abilities!
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What You Will Learn

  • Recognize common writing mistakes
  • Write more concisely and clearly
  • Avoid “academic” writing habits
  • And much more…


Webinar Details

Date: Thursday, February 3, 2011

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm ET

Fee: Free


Meet Your Expert

Kristin Sainani has a background in both science and writing. After receiving an MS in statistics and PhD in epidemiology from Stanford University, she studied science writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Now a freelance health and science writer, she writes a health column for Allure magazine and a statistics column for the journal Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation. She is also a clinical assistant professor at Stanford, where she teaches statistics and manuscript writing.

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17 Responses to “Fundamentals of Effective Scientific Writing – Manuscripts and Grants”

  1. Pooja Bajaj says:

    Great webinar.

  2. Fabio Rainone says:

    Concerning reference books I recommend R. Barrass’ “Scientists Must Write: A Guide to Better Writing for Scientists, Engineers and Students” (Routledge). I enjoyed it a lot while writing my PhD Thesis.

  3. Nellie Shaul says:

    There are companies that will translate and edit scientific journal articles for a fee (i.e., American Journal Experts,

  4. Phillip Flanders says:

    I really like the book “Scientific Writing: A Reader and Writer’s Guide” by Jean-Luc Lebrun. It’s fantastically easy to understand and has very practical easy to apply advice.

  5. Abhas Singh says:

    Great talk…several very helpful tips…thank you

  6. Shishan Zhao says:

    A great seminar. Very educational. Many thanks!

  7. Marc Walters says:

    The webinar was very informative. Kristin cut through to the core concepts. I expect to incorporate her suggestions in my current manuscript and an upcoming grant proposal.

  8. Orawan Taikum says:

    Great webinar and suggested resources. I would recommend to others. Thank you very much.

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  10. Hans-Erik Hogberg says:

    Thank you for a very nice webinar and discussion! I teach scientific writing for graduate students and your webinar gave me many useful tips on how to write more efficiently. They will be very useful for my future teaching.

  11. Karen Wilson says:

    I would love to view this… but it seems it is not compatible with Apple or Macs. It says I don’t have windows 2000 or better so I can’t view it. Do others have this difficulty? Please help.

  12. admin says:

    Dear Karen: We have made the recording available on YouTube. Thank you.

  13. Karen Wilson says:

    Thank you for referring me to youtube, where I was able to view the video. Now that I have seen the webinar, I would like to say that this certainly gave me food for thought. Recently, I have been editing science manuscripts and grant applications, but I think my approach has been more intuitive. I will need to reflect if I have subconsciously used Kristin’s advice in the past. If not, I will try to actively apply this advice.
    I think we may need to have a second webinar. I would love to hear what Kristin has to say about a few other commons problems I have observed. The first is what I like to call “schema”, where the author describes many details but has not put them in context. I suspect it is an effort to be objective about the facts before giving his interpretation or conclusion, or in an effort to create suspense. (Personally, I think suspense should be left out of science writing.) The second is the question of how much detail needs to be included when referencing another paper. My feeling is that at least the name of the technique/assay/test should be mentioned and maybe a brief description of the analysis, so that the reader only needs to go to the reference when he wants more detail, but doesn’t need to go to the reference to understand what the author is saying. The third problem is how to transition from one paragraph/idea to another. This seems to be a big problem, and I’m not sure if there is an easy fix, but I’m betting Kristin can talk about the various forms of transitions and how they can be used.
    Thank you for a great webinar!

  14. Sarah says:

    I have all of my papers and grants edited by BioScience Writers ( before I submit. They are great!

  15. Dawn says:

    Very useful and practical webinar!

  16. Diana says:

    I find this lecture extremely helpful especially when Kristin compares sentence structure. I fall into the same mistakes when I write. I would love to see more examples. I recommend having these seminars downloadable on a podcast as well.

  17. Mboje,Silas Timothy says:

    I find this Lecture useful for me as source material for scientific reporting.Thank you very much!

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