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Chemistry: Advanced Research Skills: Scientific Writing & Reading

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Last Updated: Feb 14, 2022 2:24 PM

Scientific Writing


This ACS publication draws together editorials that summarize the key steps involved in writing an effective paper, journal submission, review processes, and post-publication efforts.

In this Elsevier Connect column, Dr. Angel Borja draws on his extensive background as an author, reviewer and editor to give advice on preparing the manuscript (author's view), the evaluation process (reviewer's view) and what there is to hate or love in a paper (editor's view).

This free e-book, published by SPIE, is a solid reference tool for scientific writing (the link for the free copy is under "book description".) The author, Dr. Chris Mack, has written over 200 papers and served as a journal editor. 

Consult this UB resource guide for an overview of plagiarism and good citation practices.

Developed by information specialists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, this excellent database is a compilation of journal information and reputability factors (e.g., indexing status in databases, stated adherence to publishing policies/best practices, reporting of open access policies such as fees and licensing options). 



This is a listing of recordings from a 2-day seminar hosted by Cornell. Chose from a number of topics, including scientific writing, presentation skills, and data management. 

Nobel laureate Roald Hoffmann shares personal reflections and practical advice about scientific publishing, including submission letters, anonymous review, dealing with editors, and manuscript revision. Presented by Cornell University Library. Approx. 1 hour running time. 

Scientific Reading


This article teaches a logical and orderly approach to reading a scientific publication. 

In this Science column, researchers share their tips and tricks for reading scientific articles. 

These blog posts provide a quick and solid overview of scientific literature.