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Writing a Thesis: How to Interact with your Supervisor

September 1, 2011   Filed under Blog, Featured, Writing  

Three-Month Thesis has a thoughtful post about how many thesis drafts you need. I would disagree with a few things on that page. 1. The number of drafts depends very strongly on the student. I would argue that you need as many drafts as it takes to finish the thesis. 2. In principle, the quality […]

Please don’t write multiple-part papers!

August 26, 2011   Filed under Blog, Featured, Reviewing, Writing  

I’ve talked about this topic of writing multiple-part papers before. Earlier this year, I published an article about what the data show from Monthly Weather Review. Schultz, D. M., 2011: Rejection rates for multiple-part manuscripts. Scientometrics, 86, 251-259. [PDF] I found that although the rejection rates for multiple-part manuscripts were not that different from the […]

How To Improve Your Writing

August 21, 2011   Filed under Blog, Writing  

Three things will speed your improvement. Reread How-To guides and other inspirational books and articles. Here are some links and some recommendations ([1] and [2]) to get you started. For me, I derive inspiration from Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style, which I reread every 3-5 years. Rereading parts of Eloquent Science can also […]

How important is it to use “important” in your writing?

August 20, 2011   Filed under Blog, Featured, Uncategorized, Writing  

Have you read an article where the author talks about “an important process” or “the important role of another process”? Do these sort of platitudes go in one of your ears and out the other? Are you convinced by the author’s use of the word “important” that it truly is an important process? Or, do […]

Problems with the term “overrunning”

August 15, 2011   Filed under Blog, Featured, Uncategorized, Writing  

Several authors have criticized the use of the term overrunning to represent warm-frontal lifting here and here. I don’t need to add anything to those Web pages, but I do want to point out that the definition provided in the American Meteorological Society’s Glossary of Meteorology is wrong and ambiguous. overrunning—A condition existing when an […]

For better outcomes in the review process, send your editor some food and drink

August 11, 2011   Filed under Blog, Featured, Humor, Reviewing  

If the results from a recently published article on the factors affecting judges making parole decisions are analogous to that of a journal editor making accept/revise/reject decisions on manuscripts, then send your editor some food and encourage them to take a break. Danziger, S., J. Levav, and L. Avnaim-Pesso, 2011: Extraneous factors in judicial decisions. […]

Ten Rules of Academic Writing

August 11, 2011   Filed under Blog, Featured, Resources, Writing  

An essential list of tips about writing by the many of the experts. Abstract: Creative writers are well served with ‘how to’ guides, but just how much do they help? And how might they be relevant to academic authors? A recent survey of writing tips by twenty-eight creative authors has been condensed to the ten […]

How to add line numbers to your manuscript

August 5, 2011   Filed under Blog, Excerpts, Featured, Reviewing, Writing  

The journals of the American Meteorological Society now require line numbers in submitted manuscripts. How do you add such line numbers to your manuscript? From p. 374 of Eloquent Science: A Practical Guide to Becoming a Better Writer, Speaker and Scientist: “Final Checks of Your Manuscript,” “Lines numbered in margin”: You may wish to add […]

Quick Guide to Writing a Solid Peer Review

July 28, 2011   Filed under Blog, Featured, Resources, Reviewing  

Nicholas and Gordon, writing in EOS, offer up one of the best summaries of how to write a peer review I’ve read. Download that article from here.

“This issue was not raised by the other reviewers, so we prefer not to address it.”

July 25, 2011   Filed under Blog, Featured, Reviewing  

As a reviewer and an editor, I occasionally see an author respond to a reviewer comment with the above response: “This issue was not raised by the other reviewers, so we prefer not to address it.” This response has always bothered me, but I didn’t know why. After thinking about it recently, now I know […]

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