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Questions tagged [science]

This tag should be used for questions related to the usage of science in your writing, such as when asking how much science you should use while constructing the world for your fictional novel. Contrast this with the [academic-writing] tag that is about writing in the context of science. If used ...

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How can I mention errors in the data that I received in my thesis? Where to mention it?

I received data for data analysis for my Bachelor-Thesis. I still got 4 weeks left to finish the 40 pages and after having gotten all my results, my supervisor and I realized that the data that I ...
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Does everything have to be accurate?

Do I have to make everything apply to logic, physics, science, etc? The Harry Potter series has been a major hit, and it is nowhere near to being scientifically possible. But I've noticed that I can'...
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How should I respond to a supervisor/editor who thinks my technical writing is “too conversational?”

My team and I are drafting a technical report to summarize the methods and results of a pilot study we recently conducted. After drafting a handful of sections, I passed them off to our supervisor for ...
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Can tables describing data go into the materials and methods section?

I have a table that describes a dataset that I use for an analysis. The table describes the sample sizes of each of the four collecting events to create the dataset. It breaks down the dataset into ...
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What is a DF manuscript? [closed]

I apologize if this is obvious, but what is a D.F. manuscript? See this link for an example of the term's use.
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Scientific article: How to say that with our result something could be done but hasn't

I am writing something similar to a review article about a scientific insight that connects and streamlines a number of seemingly different previous results. In the introduction, I give an example of ...
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PhD -> Science writer: Solid move?

I'm currently working on my PhD in applied physics and would like to get a sense for what the typical career path and background looks like for science writers. Although I love working as a scientist,...
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Finding beta-readers for science | religion non-fiction

My question is similar to one asked previously. I'm writing non-fiction, topics on the intersection between science and religion--quantum mechanics, cosmology, evolution. I've published ebooks on ...
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Metaphors and other “tricks” in scientific papers

In scientific papers (in my case it's usually in computer science) it seems to me that some techniques which help in explaining concepts and technology are not used that much. For example a metaphor ...
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How to write a paragraph describing motion? [closed]

I'm doing a lab report for a general physics course, and for a written portion I have to describe the motion of an object given by a position vs time graph. How do I stretch this into a 1/2-page ...
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Resources for non-technical science writing

Are there any (books, articles or other online) resources that give practical guidance on writing non-fiction to a general audience at a level less technical than a pure scientific paper? I am ...
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The Search for Good Places to Discuss Science for Worldbuilding

One of the major oversights of the worldbuilding process is that worldbuilders tunneled their focus on the story at hand, which usually means making things up as they go. I can't afford that. How ...
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How do I describe Newtonian physics to the reader in a way that is realistic yet not too complex?

I have a story where I adhere strongly to plausible physics for space combat (some behind-the-scenes development for the story: How to Conduct Plausible Space Combat Intercepts and Tactical Options ...
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What is the image size in scientific paper if indicated as “a single, 1.5 or 2-column fitting image”?

I would like to submit my manuscript in ecology, containing Figures. However, in Author guidelines, I found that I have to Indicate per figure if it is a single, 1.5 or 2-column fitting image. ...
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What is the best publisher for a computer science book

I'm a newbie... I've some material I want to submit to an editor for evaluation feedback about content relevance and quality and the possibility of publishing a book... What is the best way to face ...
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Would publishing my book like the “Stacks Project” increase the readership of my book?

I have written a book about my math discoveries. The book is available as a PDF file and as LaTeX files published in a Git hosting under Creative Commons license. Will it increase readership of my ...
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How to find the balance between research and the obvious

I'm embarking on writing my first popular science book on a controversial subject. For sure the writing must be rational, coherent with a clear train of thought and littered with references to be ...
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The fine line between accurate science, and confusing my reader

I recently wrote a blog post (original here) about a scientific study. At the end, I included some "fine print" which states, among other things: Correlation does not mean causation. It’s ...
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Technical writer degree with an English BA?

I'm desperately trying to get out of my dead end Federal job. I have a BA in English and a love of a lot of different topics, including several science fields. I would have Majored in science if I ...
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Use of realism in a fictional setting

I am writing a fictional novel. It is set in many fictional places and the book will have it's own set of rules of physics. However, I feel that if I lose the sense of realism too much there will be ...
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How to refer to magnetism in ancient cultures?

I need to make a character, who is agnostic of electricity, electromagnetic fields, and any modern age theories, refer to electromagnetic phenomena. Ancient cultures, like greeks, chinese, were ...
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Science and fantasy + arcanepunk [closed]

I learned today that there are sub-genres in fantasy that incorporate science too. These include arcanepunk and science fantasy. I have an idea from a novel where some space explorers from earth ...
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Which sections to cover for my graduation thesis on BSS?

I'm not sure if I'm on right place to ask a simple suggestion, so please be kind and don't downvote my question. I'm not asking someone to do it for me, I just need short guidance how should I proceed....
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Should I prefer long or short sentences in scientific writing?

Currently, I am writing papers with rather short sentences: About half of them contain around 20 words, about 10% to 20% even less. I am doing this for three reasons: I find short sentences easier ...
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Interesting and easier-to-read alternatives to the scientific academic article

Short version: What is an equally informative, but more interesting alternative to typical academic-article-style scientific writing? Longer version: I love writing, I do a lot of it – fiction and ...