Teaching Writing Resources

Eschew Obfuscation: Advice on Writing Clearly

Professor Larry J. Forney, Ph.D.

A presentation on writing scientific papers.
"Ten Simple Rules" for understanding the world of the scientific paper, and step-by-step instructions to help you along the path toward becoming a better writer.
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Writers should not fear jargon

Researchers use complex language for a specific purpose, and science writers should be clear about what those reasons are.

Who needs jargon? Last month a physics PhD student at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, won a competition to explain the concept of a flame in words that an 11-year-old could understand. Ben Ames, the winner, made a 7.5-minute video, which introduced words such as ‘oxidation’ and ‘pyrolysis’, only to parody them. more… new window icon.

UI Wordmark Department of Biological Sciences

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