Writing with Scientists
Writing with Scientists Home Step 1: Discover Your Big QuestionStep 2: Explain the Hows and WhysStep 3: Present Your InformationStep 4: Conclude with New QuestionsStep 5: Show Your SourcesStep 6: Publish OnlineRead Student Writing Words to Know

 

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Step 6: Publish Online

Are you done writing and revising? Before you publish your science report, review all the steps — and check your work one last time.

• Think of your audience, who will be reading your report, and why they will be reading it. In your science report, you're trying to show that:
• your big question is interesting and important
• the information you've gathered is correct
• what you found out is reasonable and can be backed up with information

• Be precise with your descriptions. Your reader shouldn't have to guess at anything.

• Use correct grammar so your writing will be clear.

• Be thoughtful about how you present your information. One idea should lead to another in an organized manner.

• Avoid slang or casual language.

After doing all that, good scientists — and good writers too — will take one more look over everything to correct little mistakes and make sure all words and ideas are clear and descriptive.

Now, share your report with other scientists by publishing it online!

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Dr. Susan Perkins

Scientist at Work

Once I wrote up my scientific investigation and transformed it into a report — using basically the same steps you've found here — I published my results in a journal called The Proceedings of the Royal Society of London.

After I sent my report to the journal it went through a very long process before it was published.

• First, the editor of the journal sent the paper to several people who do similar research to read and review.
• Then, the editor sent me all the comments and suggestions so I could revise the paper to make it better.
• I sent back my new and improved paper and the text, photos, and visual aids were laid out in preparation for publishing.
• Before it was published, I did a final check to be sure there were no errors.
• Then, I sat back and waited for my article to arrive in the next issue.

I was so excited when I received my copy of the journal and saw my report about the lizard parasites in it! Since then, my report has been used by several other biologists who work on malaria parasites or other organisms that might be cryptic species, too. It's very rewarding to know that I've added to scientific knowledge by communicating my ideas and results.

 

 

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