Clear and Concise Communications for Scientists and Engineers

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Features

  • Presents writing techniques with examples
  • Avoids the use of jargon
  • Guides readers through the steps involved in producing a concise and understandable document
  • Covers topics relevant to both practicing chemists and chemical engineers

Summary

Scientists and engineers are often criticized for their inability to write clear, grammatically correct English as well as for their poor presentation of data. The advancement of their careers depends on their ability to successfully communicate ideas and findings to colleagues, management, and the public.

Illustrating how technology can be readily conveyed without loss of content, the book guides the readers in

  • Writing and verbally presenting data and ideas in a clear, understandable, and logical manner
  • Producing goal- and fact-oriented, as opposed to emotion-oriented, writing
  • Appealing to the designated audience while providing enough background information to provide context of the problem or subject

Clear and Concise Communications for Scientists and Engineers guides readers through the steps involved in producing a concise and understandable document in various formats.

Table of Contents

Scientific and Engineering Writing
Introduction
Definitions
Career Writing
Purpose of the Book

Types of Scientific and Engineering Writing
A Technical Paper
A Project Report
A Funding Proposal
Project Detail
Reports to a Court
Theses

Appearance and Physical Layout
Anatomy of a Manuscript
Page Layout
Font Type and Size
Text Alignment
Section Headings and Numbering
Editing

The Audience
Introduction
Types of Audiences
Audience Analysis
Audience Adaptation

Preparing to Write
Records and Notes
Organization and Focus of the Work
Timeline/Schedule
Authorship
References and Citations
Biographies and Résumés
The Reader

Writing Style
Getting Started
Selecting the Format
Clear, Concise, and Understandable
Getting to the Point
Minimizing Verbal Overkill
Ethics in Writing

Teamwork
Introduction
Effective Teamwork
Sharing and Assigning Responsibilities
Creating a Manuscript
Recognition and Reward
Leadership

Publishing
Introduction
Types of Journals
The Journal Editor
The Peer Review Process
Assessing Reviewer’s Comments
Fraud

Technical Presentations
Introduction
Subject Matter
The Audience—Technical and Nontechnical
Introduction, Body of the Presentation, and Conclusions
Number of Slides
Character of the Slides
Question Period and Beyond
The Practice Talk

Other Forms of Writing and Presentation
Introduction
Writing for Trade Journals
Nontechnical Publications
Scientific and Engineering Poster Presentations

Correspondence
Introduction
Types of Correspondence
Summary

Glossary

Author Bio(s)

Editorial Reviews

For scientists and engineers at every level of education, Speight offers advice on presenting their ideas in a clear, understandable, and logical manner.
—SciTech News, Vol. 66, September 2012