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How to write consistently boring scientific literature
« on: May 22, 2007, 05:12:54 AM »
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Although scientists typically insist that their research is very exciting and adventurous when they talk to laymen and prospective students, the allure of this enthusiasm is too often lost in the predictable, stilted structure and language of their scientific publications. I present here, a top-10 list of recommendations for how to write consistently boring scientific publications. I then discuss why we should and how we could make these contributions more accessible and exciting.

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How to Make a Scientific Lecture Unbearable
by Alexander Kohn

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Fragment to fragment clings, and thus they grow
Until we know and name them.
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Re: How to write consistently boring scientific literature
« Reply #1 on: May 22, 2007, 08:23:49 AM »
For another effective method of keeping potential readers from your work, one can try making readers pay $39 to access the paper, of course for such a bargin price they can only have it for 30 days.   >:(

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Re: How to write consistently boring scientific literature
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2007, 10:11:14 AM »
Haha.. I can't believe it was published on an actual research journal.
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Re: How to write consistently boring scientific literature
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2007, 03:49:36 PM »
Publishers have a sense of humor too.
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