New – science blog writing training

We now offer half-day workshops in writing science blogs. We’ve so far delivered the workshops for the Sussex Drug Discovery Centre and for Health Education England’s Genomics Education Programme. The workshops are ideal for organisations wanting to encourage their scientists to blog. Full details will be on our new website coming soon. If you’d like to find out more now, …

What do postgrads think of the papers they read?

Author: Beverley Moore During a recent course for life science postgraduates at Keele University, I asked students what they thought made a science paper work well. Here’s what they said: novelty precision clarity objectivity good analysis good structure information that flows well and is easy to follow getting straight to the point concise wording a clear, simple abstract a clear, …

Why are you writing?

Author: Beverley Moore The first question any professional business writer asks when starting a piece of work is: “Why am I writing?” That’s because every piece of business writing has a purpose. It should lead to action, influence decision-making, or help move a project to the next step. If it does none of these things, then what’s the point? Science …

What George Orwell can teach scientists about writing

Author: Dr Russell Huby I still remember that rising sense of panic as I prepared to write my first scientific paper. It was as though a hundred scientists were peering over my shoulder, shaking their heads sadly, as I struggled to string so many English words together to create the One True scientific description of my work. For every sentence …

Why simple language gets science reports read and noticed

Author: Beverley Moore   The point of a science report is to communicate specific information to a wider readership.  Yet so often the intended message gets lost – and one of the reasons that happens is that the words aren’t connecting with the readers. More than a million words Experts estimate there are more than a million words in the …

Scientists: Are you scared of the blank page?

Author: Beverley Moore Study finished. Results tabulated. Excel graphs perfectly formed. You can’t put it off any longer. It’s time to write up.  After you’ve made another coffee. Oh, and looked at that rather fascinating email about the tetse fly genome conference in Malawi. And of course you did promise to sort out the restaurant for next Friday’s leaving do…. …

Why so many scientists hate writing – and why they shouldn’t

Author:  Beverley Moore I’ve met very few scientists who enjoy writing papers and reports – but I’ve met many who positively hate the process. And that’s a problem, because when scientists hate writing, they don’t give it the care it needs and so don’t do it well. This then results in poor quality papers and reports that at best represent …