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The time has come. You are an Earth scientist. You ve spent weeks, months, years working on this project now is the time to pull it together for publication. You might be writing an undergraduate or graduate thesis, a research paper for a leading journal, a note for the newsletter of the local amateur scientific society, a book review or an abstract for a specialist geological conference. How do you make the transition from promising unpublished researcher to established academic author? Of course, the phrase academic publishing covers a multitude of sins; monographs, research papers, book…mehr
The time has come. You are an Earth scientist. You ve spent weeks, months, years working on this project now is the time to pull it together for publication. You might be writing an undergraduate or graduate thesis, a research paper for a leading journal, a note for the newsletter of the local amateur scientific society, a book review or an abstract for a specialist geological conference. How do you make the transition from promising unpublished researcher to established academic author? Of course, the phrase academic publishing covers a multitude of sins; monographs, research papers, book reviews, conference abstracts or whatever each requires a different approach. You have to decide what it is you are going to write and where to publish it. There are co-authors, supervisors of your degree, peer reviewers and editors to deal with on the way. But the only way to write like an academic is to write like an academic. . . where do you start? You could do much worse than start here. There are many books on how to write and be published aimed at research students and other aspiring academics. Many of these are readable, comprehensive and provide good advice. This book is composed of numerous short chapters on this subject, all directly relevant to one or more aspects of academic publishing and aimed particularly at the Earth scientists in the broadest sense. Geologists will be encouraged to use the book as much as a reference as a reader, dipping in to the chapters that contain relevant tips, hints and comments to enable them to improve the paper that they are currently writing. The book is intended to be informative, readable and, above all, of practical application for all readers. In summary, the volume will be a readable compilation investigating many facets of academic publishing relevant to the Earth sciences. It will be of particular interest to postgraduate students, postdocs and new academics
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Professor Stephen K. Donovan has been publishing on such diverse subjects as Caribbean geology, palaeontology, the history of science, ichnology and academic publishing for over 30 years. He loves research, writing and publishing. This book can be read from cover-to-cover, dipped into when an answer to a specific question is needed or both. The aim is to help all geologists to write improved papers - both better organised and more readable - and to get them published.
Foreword xiAcknowledgements xiii1 Introduction to Writing 12 Publication Diversity 73 Theses 114 Books and Monographs 155 Invited Chapters for Books 196 Peer?-Reviewed Research Papers 237 Short Notes 278 Discussions of and Replies to Published Papers 319 Book Reviews and Book Reviewing 3510 Conference Abstracts 3911 Papers for Non?-Peer?-Reviewed Publications 4312 Field Guides 4713 Title 5114 Abstract 5515 Key Words 5916 Introduction 6317 Materials and Methods/Localities and Horizons 6718 Results 6919 Discussion and Conclusions 7120 Acknowledgements 7521 References 7722 Why Write? (1) 8123 Line Drawings 8524 Maps 8925 Photographic Plates 9326 Tables 10127 Co?-authors and Others 10528 Cover Letters 10929 Submission 11330 Editors 11531 Reviewers 11932 Why Write? (2) 12333 Reviews 12734 Revision: Corrections and Resubmission 13135 Acceptance 13536 Rejection 13937 Copyright 14338 Open Access 14739 Offprints and Pdfs 15140 Reading 15741 Reviewing 16142 Why Write? (3) 16743 Productivity 17144 Space and Time 17545 Writer's Block 17946 Plain English 18347 The Native English Speaker 18748 Why Write? (4) 19149 Editing Journals 19750 A Space of Your Own 20151 Contracts, Agents, Publishers and Your First Book 20552 How Did I Write This Book? 209Appendix: Book Proposal 213Index 221
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