[UCP Books]: Writing Science in Plain English

“Why must the scientific literature be as confusing and dull as an insurance contract or a manufacturer’s warranty? It doesn’t have to be like that! Writing Science in Plain English can teach any scientist how to write more compelling and lucid papers.”
 
— David S. Wilcove, Princeton University

 

 
“Anne E. Greene makes achieving clarity look simple, and I found myself marveling at her wizardry. Readers will find the text empowering.”
 
—Gina Maranto, University of Miami


 Writing Science in Plain English
By Anne E. Greene

 

Publication date: July 01, 2013 Paper $13.00 • £9.00
UK publication date: July 22, 2013   ISBN-13: 978-0-226-02637-4

 

 

Bad science writing is a serious problem. It can confuse readers, muddle results, and turn potential audiences—even young scientists—away from reading scientific literature. It has become such a problem that Congress has passed multiple laws making plain, easy-to-understand language a requirement for everything from government publications to credit card guidelines.
 
In Writing Science in Plain English, Anne E. Greene shows that writers from all scientific disciplines can make their prose clearer and more concise by mastering just a few simple principles. Instead of focusing on what to write, she looks at why science writing is hard and how to improve it. Each chapter tackles a writing principle, focusing on what readers need in order to understand complex information. Real-life writing examples, both good and bad, illustrate each principle, while exercises allow readers to immediately apply the advice.
 
Inspired by Strunk and White’s classic guide, Writing Science in Plain English is a short, focused book infused with practical science advice that will allow writers to present their big ideas better.
 
Anne E. Greene is a biologist by training and teaches scientific writing in the Wildlife Biology Program at The University of Montana.

For more information or to connect with the author, contact Lauren Salas at the University of Chicago Press, lsalas@press.uchicago.edu or (773) 702-0890.

 

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