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Regarding outlines

Here's an academic reference on outlines:

More examples of outlines:

Here's a template in Microsoft Word, with section headings and some reminders (you'll like using Document Map, if you haven't before):

Outline for a review paper:


Impact Factors

Impact factors: use and abuse PDF

Bang for your buck: Rejection rates and impact factors in ecological journals HTML

The assessment of science: The relative merits of post-publication review, the impact factor, and the number of citations HTML  PDF



Elements of Style HTML

The science of scientific writing PDF  Journal website

Writing Science:  How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded.  blog or book

Poor writing and the passive voice:  PDF

Communicating the science of climate change  PDF Abstract
includes a table of common scientific terms with different meaning to the general public

How to write consistently boring scientific literature PDF and HTML responses

Economical writing:  An executive summary  PDF

The advantage of short paper titles PDF

How to write backwards HTML

That vs. Which PDF

Scientific writing for impact factor journals (Nova Publishers)  Slideshare

The American Chemical Society has an online video series entitled Publishing Your Research 101.  Episodes include:  How to write a paper to communicate your research, The essential elements of an accepted manuscript, and Responding to reviewer comments and manuscript rejections HTML

Web application which automatically typesets your manuscript to selected journal  HTML

ASA manuscript preparation PDF

People systematically overlook subtractive changes HTML


On being a scientist: A guide to responsible conduct in research (3rd Ed, 2009)  HTML (purchase a print copy, read online, or download free personal use PDF)

Retraction Watch HTML

Plagiarism HTML

Student's Guide on Avoiding Plagiarism   HTML 

Publishing Your Research 101 - Ep. Episode 5: Ethical Considerations   YouTube

Citation Management Tools

How to Choose: Zotero, Mendeley, or EndNote  HTML

Inaccuracy in Citation

Referencing practices in physical geography: How well do we cite what we write? HTML

Citation accuracy in environmental science journals  HTML

One in four citations in marine biology papers is inappropriate  HTML

Citing practices in ecology:  Can we believe our own words?  HTML


Predatory Publishers

Beall's list of predatory publishers 2015 HTML

Bohannon, J.  2013.  Who's afraid of peer review.  Science 342(6154): 60-65.  DOI:  10.1126/science.342.6154.60   HTML (exposé of predatory open-access publishers by an editor of Science)

Hawkes, N. 2013.  Spoof research paper is accepted by 157 journals.  BMJ 347:f5975  doi: 10.1136/bmj.f5975  PDF

Journal accepts bogus paper requesting removal from mailing list HTML (Love Fig. 1!)

Peer Review

Don't be harsh in peer review PDF

Peer reviewers unmasked: largest global survey reveals trends HTML

Opinion:  Academic publishing is broken HTML

Peer review manipulation?  HTML

The trouble with retractions PDF

A troubled tradition: It's time to rebuild trust among authors, editors and peer reviewers HTML


Retire statistical significance  PDF

Describing and Reporting Statistics in Research Publications PDF

Poster/Oral Presentations

How to create a research poster HTML

Effective poster design for academic conferences HTML


Succeeding in Graduate School

How to be a good graduate student PDF


Grant Writing (suggestions from Ecolog-L)


Russell, Stephen and David Morrison. Year? Grant Application and Writer's Workbook.  Successful Grants for Any Agency / Grant Writers' Seminars and Workshops

Dr. O'Neal, Vanessa S. 2013.  Grant Me the Money! - The Practical Guide to Successful Grant Writing Practice.  Crystal Spirit Publishing, Inc Kindle Edition ($9.99)

Geever, Jane C. 2012.  The Foundation Center's Guide to Proposal Writing, 6th Edition. ISBN 978-1-59542-404-4.  See also their workshops and podcast

Coley, Soraya M. and  Cynthia A. Scheinberg. 1990. Proposal Writing.  SAGE Human Services Guides.

Hofmann, Angelika H. 2010. Scientific Writing and Communication: Papers, Proposals, and Presentations. Oxford University Press.

Friedland, Andrew and Carol L. Folt's 2009. Writing Successful Science Proposals.  Yale University Press; 2 edition

Schimel, Joshua.  2011. Writing Science:  How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded.  Oxford University Press book /blog



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