GIVE READERS NUGGETS: TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PREFACE

THE PROBLEM  

An archaic writing style        

The natural selection for biased publication

THE STRATEGY: A NEW MINDSET

Think of your article as an educational document: Give your readers “nuggets”

Think of your article as a credible scientific story     

Think and write like an expert scientist/author/educator

PUTTING THE MINDSET INTO PRACTICE

Communicate at two levels: to specialists and non-specialists

Core concepts should focus on the scope of your study

THE TEMPLATE STRUCTURES THE INTRODUCTION AND DISCUSSION SECTION

The Template: a list of 10 core concepts

Scope and limitations

Design core concepts to focus on the scope of your study

STRUCTURING READER-FRIENDLY SENTENCES: 10 TECHNIQUES

LOGICAL PARAGRAPHING: THE KEY TO TYING THE STORY TOGETHER

The basic strategy

Adding the details: example from an Introduction section

STRUCTURING THE METHODS AND RESULT SECTIONS

The details of the Methods section

The details of the Results section

DETAILS OF THE DISCUSSION

Interpreting your factual findings

Supporting your interpretations

Uncertainties of your interpretations

Conclusions subsection

THE ABSTRACT AND TITLE

The abstract tells your story in a nutshell: Template of take-home messages

Example: a prize-winning abstract

Things to avoid in the abstract

Put a “nugget” in the title

 

REFERENCES, BIBLIOGRAPHY AND CREDITS

APPENDIX

Tenses in scientific articles

Empty words to avoid

Linking words and phases