Recommended reading

Useful books and

thought-provoking

articles

 

No dictionary of a living tongue can ever be perfect, since while it is hastening to publication,

some words are budding and some falling away. Samuel Johnson, 1755

 

 

Medical/scientific dictionaries

Butterworths Medical Dictionary

Dorland’s Medical Dictionary

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary

 

English language dictionaries

The Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English

Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary (Merriam-Webster)

The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary Editor: Joanna Turnbull

 

Thesaurus

Roget’s International Thesaurus (Collins)

 

Grammar

Oxford A–Z of Grammar & Punctuation John Seely HANDY REFERENCE BOOK

 

Style and Usage

The BBI dictionary of English word combinations Morton Benson, Evelyn Benson & Robert Ilson (John Benjamins)

Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words Bill Bryson (Broadway Books)

The Cambridge Guide to English Usage Pam Peters (Cambridge) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

The Chicago Manual of Style (University of Chicago Press)

Collin’s Cobuild English Usage (HarperCollins) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

The Elements of Style Strunk and White (Longman) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Fowler’s Modern English Usage R.W. Burchfield (Oxford)

Practical English Usage (3rd Edition) Michael Swan (Oxford)

Scientific Style and Format: the CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers

 

Punctuation

Eats Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation Lynne Truss (Profile Books) A FUN READ

The Penguin Guide to Punctuation R. L. Trask (Penguin Reference)

 

Medical Writing

How to Publish in Biomedicine: 500 tips for success Jane Fraser (Radcliffe Publishing)

CLEAR AND CONCISE

Writing Scientific Research articles: Strategy and Steps

Margaret Cargill & Patrick O'Connor (Wiley-Blackwell)

Writing Science: How to write papers that get cited and proposals that get funded

Joshua Schimel (Oxford)

From Research to Manuscript: A Guide to Scientific Writing Michael Jay Katz (Springer)

Publishing Your Medical Research. Daniel W. Byrne (Lippincott Williams and Wilkins)

INPUT FROM EDITORS AND REVIEWERS

Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers Mimi Zeiger (McGraw-Hill) EXCELLENT ADVICE BUT A CHALLENGING READ

 

Communication

MADE TO STICK Why some ideas take hold and others come unstuck Chip & Dan Heath (Arrow Books) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A NARRATIVE Randy Olsen (THE UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO PRESS)

THE ABT TEMPLATE

 

Presentation of data

Designing Science Presentations: A Visual Guide to Figures, Papers, Slides, Posters, and More Matt Carter (Academic Press) WIDE COVERAGE

 

Scientific ethics

On Fact and Fraud: Cautionary Tales from the Front Lines of Science

David Goodstein (Princeton University Press)

Editorial: Organised crime against the academic peer review system

Adam Cohen, Smita Pattanaik, Praveen Kumar, Robert R. Bies, Anthonius de Boer, Albert Ferro, Annee Gilchrist, Geoffrey K. Isbister, Sarah Ross, Andrew J. Webb (British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 23 May 2016) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Plagiarism in submitted manuscripts: incidence, characteristics and optimization of screening—case study in a major specialty medical journal

R. Higgins, Feng-Chang Lin, James P. Evans (Research Integrity and Peer Review, 2016 1:13)

Is the staggeringly profitable business of scientific publishing bad for science?

Stephen Buranyi (THE GUARDIAN) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

The hi-tech war on science fraud Stephen Buranyi (THE GUARDIAN) HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

 

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write  better manuscripts

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