Peat J, Elliot E (2002), Scientific Writing: Easy When You Know How

In their book “Scientific Writing: Easy When You Know How” introduces in simple steps and in a memorable way how to achieve better writing in connection with scientific and research papers.

In the introduction the book introduces shortly the IMRaD (Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion) structure where a paper present writing in structured way to inform the audience.

  • Introduction that puts research subject in context
  • Method about how the works was done in order to reproduce the findings

The audience for scientific paper is to present result and discussions on scientific works and research therefore the book suggest in order to present those ideas in a structured and clear language it is preferable to use short words and short paragraphs,always prefer the simple to the complex.


Peat J, Elliot E, Baur L, Keena V (2002), “Scientific Writing: Easy When You Know How“, BMJ Publishing

Covey S R (2004), “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People“, Free Press


One response to “Peat J, Elliot E (2002), Scientific Writing: Easy When You Know How

  1. Chapter 1
    The chapter mentioned that a good paper is easy to read, tells an interesting story and is visual appealing. Further in order to get a paper published it needs to adress an important question where you contribute with a discussion or anwser.

    “…successful publications is used as a measure of research productivity…” as well as ” …number of collaborators, the number of resulting citations…“

    A note of Watson and Crick article “Molecular structure of nucleic acids. A structure for deoxyribose nucleic acid” with a modest and elegent introduction of their findings

    Time management as vital skill to ensure that papers can wiriting in time and within dealine “We all have 24 hours each day and it is up to each of us to decide how we allocate this time” with introduction of the “quadrant II activities” based on Covey’s (2004) urgent matters /important matters matrix

    “Writing is a process of constant repair“

    Scientific writing is defined by thought, structure and style

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