Short Course #5 Scientific Writing for Scientists and Engineers
D. Noel Buckley, Instructor
This course is intended for scientists and engineers with an interest in improving their skills in writing scientific documents including journal papers, conference proceedings papers, abstracts, reports, theses and proposals. The course is best suited to attendees who have some experience of writing technical documents and want to improve their skills. It will address elements of good writing in science and engineering, including standard practices, terminology, and formatting. It will teach attendees how to present information using properly structured sentences, paragraphs, sections, and chapters and how to organize experimental results and analysis in a format suitable for publication in the scientific literature as well as in reports, theses, etc. The topics to be covered include:
structure of documents: papers, theses, reports, etc.;
standard practices in presentation of scientific information: introduction, experimental, results, analysis, discussion, and conclusions;
standard writing practices, terminology, and formatting: titles, table and figure captions, references;
structure of textual material, sentences, and paragraphs;
grammar, punctuation, abbreviations, and acronyms;
organizing and communicating the experimental details; levels of detail in reporting of procedures; essential principles of measurements and equipment; description of equipment and procedures used;
presentation of results: standards in the use of graphs and tables for data presentation; quantitative results; accuracy and internal consistency; schematics, micrographs, and pictures;
references; consistency with the relevant literature; and
mathematical descriptions, dimensions, and units.
About the Instructor
D. Noel Buckley is Professor of Physics at the University of Limerick, Ireland. He is a Past-President and a Fellow of ECS. He served as an Associate Editor of both the Journal of The Electrochemical Society (1995–2004) and Electrochemical and Solid-State Letters (1998–2004), and earlier as Chair of the Norman Hackermann Young Author Award Committee (1991-1995). He was Chair of the Electronics Division of ECS (2003–2005).
Dr. Buckley was a Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, NJ (1979–1996) where he initially worked on the development of rechargeable lithium batteries and subsequently played a key role in the epitaxial crystal growth and characterization of compound semiconductor films for high performance optoelectronic devices. He also served as Adjunct Professor at Cooper Union College of Engineering, New York (1991–1992) and at the College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, NJ, USA (1988–1995). Earlier, he was a Research Associate with Professor Wayne Worrell at the University of Pennsylvania (1976–1979).
Dr. Buckley's current research interests and activities are in the areas of metal and semiconductor thin films and nanostructures for electronic and photonic applications, electrochemical nanotechnology, and electrochemical energy storage. He has more than 70 research publications and has made numerous presentations at international conferences. He has organized many technical symposia and has edited 19 volumes of symposium proceedings. He has taught a graduate-level course in Scientific Writing at the University of Limerick since 2006.