Resources for writers and editors of scholarly, academic, scientific, and medical research articles                 


How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper by Robert Day (see below) is probably the single most valuable document available to writers and editors involved in the submission of manuscripts to  peer-reviewed, scientific journals.

Scientific and Medical Writing: General Texts

Scientific Writing – General

  • Alley, M. 1996. The Craft of Scientific Writing. Springer-Verlag, New York.
  • Day, A. 1993. Scientific English: A guide for scientists and other professionals. Oryx Press, Phoenix.
  • Ebel, H.F., Bliefert, C. and Russey, W.E. 2004. The Art of Scientific Writing from Student Reports to Professional Publications in Chemistry and Related Fields. Wiley-VCH, Weinheim.
  • Katz, M.J. 2006. From Research to Manuscript: A Guide to Scientific Writing. Springer, Berlin.
  • Lebrun, J. L. 2007. Scientific Writing: A Reader and Writer’s Guide. World Scientific, Singapore.
  • O’Connor, M. (1991) Writing Successfully in Science. HarperCollins, London.
  • Paradis, J.G. and Zimmerman, M.L. 1997. The MIT Guide to Science and Engineering Communication. MIT Press, Cambridge, MA.
  • Pechenik, J.A. 2006. A Short Guide to Writing About Biology, 6th Ed. Little, Brown, Boston.
  • Perelman, L.C., Paradis, J. and Barrett, E. 1997. The Mayfield Handbook of Technical and Scientific Writing. Mayfield Publishing Co.
  • Rogers, S.M. 2006. Mastering Scientific and Medical Writing: A Self-help Guide. Springer, Berlin.
  • Royal Society 1974. General Notes on the Preparation of Scientific Papers, revised edn. The Royal Society, London.
  • Shortland, M. and Gregory, J. 1991. Communicating Science. Longman, Harlow.
  • Woodford, F.P.  (ed.) 1986. Scientific Writing For Graduate Students: A Manual on the Teaching of Scientific Writing. University Press, New York.
  • Yang, J.T and Yang, J.N. 1995. An Outline of Scientific Writing: For Researchers With English as a Foreign Language. World Scientific Publishing. New York

Biomedical Writing

  • Goodman, N.W. and Edwards, M.B. 2006. Medical Writing: A Prescription For Clarity. Cambridge University Press
  • Iles, L.  Guidebook to Better Medical Writing. Iles Publications, Olathe.
  • Matthews, J.R. 1999. Successful Scientific Writing: A Step-by-Step Guide for Biomedical Scientists, 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill, New York.
  • Stuart, M.C. (ed.) 2007. The Complete Guide to Medical Writing. Pharmaceutical Press.
  • Taylor, R.B. 2004. Clinician’s Guide to Medical Writing. Springer, New York.
  • Zeiger, M. 1999. Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers, 2nd ed. McGraw-Hill, New York. 

Scientific Writing – Journal Articles

  • Booth, V. 1993. Communicating in Science: Writing a Scientific Paper and Speaking at Scientific Meetings, 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Davis, M. and Fry, G. 2004. Scientific Papers and Presentations, 2nd ed. Academic Press, London.
  • Day, R.A and Gastel, B. 2006. How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper: 6th Edition. Oryx Press. Phoenix.
  • Gustavi, B. 2003. How to Write and Illustrate a Scientific Paper. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Malmfors, B., Grossman, M., and Garnsworth, P. 2004. Writing and Presenting Scientific Papers. Nottingham University Press. Nottingham.
  • McMillan, V.E. 1997. Writing Papers in the Biological Sciences. Bedford Books. Boston.

Scientific Writing – Grant Proposals

  • Friedland, A.J. and Folt, C.L. 2000. Writing Successful Science Proposals. Yale University Press, New Haven.
  • Gerin, W. Writing the NIH Grant Proposal: A Step-By-Step Guide. Sage Publications.
  • Ogden, T.E. and Goldberg, I.A. (eds.) 2002. Research Proposal: A Guide to Success, 3rd ed. Academic Press, New York.
  • Yang, O.O. 2005. Guide to Effective Grant Writing: How to Write a Successful NIH Grant Application. Kluwer Academic, New York.

Scientific Presentations

  • Booth, V. 1993. Communicating in Science: Writing a Scientific Paper and Speaking at Scientific Meetings, 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
  • Davis, M. and Fry, G. 2004. Scientific Papers and Presentations, 2nd ed. Academic Press, London.
  • Malmfors, B., Grossman, M., and Garnsworth, P. 2004. Writing and Presenting Scientific Papers. Nottingham University Press. Nottingham.
  • Tufte, E.R. 2001. The Visual Display of Quantitative Information. Grahics Press.  


Manuals of style for scientific writers and editors

  • American Institute of Physics. Style Manual: Instructions to Authors and Volume Editors for the Preparation of AIPBook Manuscripts. 5th ed. New York: AIP, 1995.
  • American Mathematical Society. The AMS Author Handbook: General Instructions for Preparing Manuscripts. Rev. ed. Providence: AMS, 1996.
  • American National Standards Institute. American National Standard for the Preparation of Scientific Papers for Written or Oral Presentation. New York: ANSI, 1979.
  • American Political Science Association. Style Manual for Political Science. Rev. ed. Washington: APSA, 2001.
  • American Psychological Association. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 5th ed. Washington: APA, 2001.
  • Bates, Robert L., Rex Buchanan, and Marla Adkins-Heljeson, eds. Geowriting: A Guide to Writing, Editing, and Printing in Earth Science. 5th ed. Alexandria: Amer. Geological Inst., 1995.
  • Council of Science Editors. Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers. 7th ed. New York: Cambridge UP, 2006.
  • Dodd, Janet S., ed. The ACS Style Guide: A Manual for Authors and Editors. 2nd ed. Washington: Amer. Chemical Soc., 1997.
  • Garner, Diane L. The Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources: A Manual for Social Science and Business Research. 3rd ed. Bethesda: Congressional Information Service, 2002.
  • Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers. 6th ed. New York: Mod. Lang. Assn., 2003.
  • Goldstein, Norm, ed. Associated Press Stylebook and Briefing on Media Law. Rev. ed. New York: Associated Press, 2005.
  • Harvard Law Review et al. The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. 17th ed. Cambridge: Harvard Law Rev. Assn., 2000.
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. IEEEStandards Style Manual. Rev. ed. New York: IEEE, 2005. 
  • Iverson, Cheryl, et al. American Medical Association Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. 9th ed. Baltimore: Williams, 1998.
  • Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft Manual of Style for Technical Publications. 3rd ed. Redmond: Microsoft, 2004.
  • Rubens, Philip, ed. Science and Technical Writing: A Manual of Style. 2nd ed. New York: Routledge, 2001.
  • Strunk, W. and White, E.B. The Elements of Style. Logman. 2000
  • United States Government Printing Office. Style Manual.Washington: GPO, 2000.

Scientific Communication - Selected Articles 

  1. Goldenberg, S. 2007. Scientific communication: how to make it effectively. J. Venom. Anim. Toxins incl. Trop. Dis, 13:1-4.
  2. Gopen, G.D. and Swan, J.A. 1990. The Science of Science Writing. American Scientist, 78:57-63.
  3. Kaplan, R.B. and Baldauf, R.B. 2005. Editing contributed scholarly articles from a language management perspective. Journal of Second Language Writing 14:47-62.
  4. Ludbrook, J. 2007. Writing intelligible English prose for biomedical journals. Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology 34 (5-6), 508–514.
  5. Miksak, A., Marusic, M., and Marusic, A. 2005. Manuscript editing as a way of teaching academic writing: experience from a small scientific journal. Journal of Second Language Writing 14:122-131.

Science Editors, Writers, and Publishers - Professional Associations

 American Copy Editors Society (ACES)
American Medical Writers Association (AMWA)
American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA)
Associação Brasileira de Editores Científicos (ABEC)
Association of British Science Writers (ABSW)
Association of Earth Science Editors (AESE)
Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALSP)
Authors Guild (AG)
BioCommunications Association (BCA)
Board of Editors in the Life Sciences (BELS)
Canadian Authors Association (CAA)
Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ)
Council of Science Editors (CSE)
Editorial Freelancers Association (EFA)
Editors Association of Canada (EAC)
European Association of Science Editors (EASE)
European Medical Writers Association (EMWA)
Health Sciences Communications Association (HeSCA)
National Association of Medical Communicators (NAMC)
National Association of Science Writers (NASW)
National Writers Union (NWU)
Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC)
Society for Editors and Proofreaders (SFEP)
Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP)
Society for Technical Communication (STC)
World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) 

Scientific Publishers

Academic Press
American Chemical Society
American Medical Association
American Physiological Society
Annual Reviews
American Society of Plant Biologists
Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers
Biomateria Publishing
British Medical Journal Publishing Group
CABI Publishing
Cambridge University Press
Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information
Central European Science Journals
Chiasma Press
Cold Spring Harbor
CRC Press
de Gruyter
DEStech Publications
EDP Sciences

Gordon and Breach
HighWire Press
Horizon Scientific Press
Imperial College Press
International Scientific Communications
Island Press
John Libbey Eurotext
John Wiley and Sons
Leighton Academic Press
Lipincott, Williams, and Wilkins
Mary Ann Liebert
Meister Pro
National Academies Press
Nature Publishing Group
Neva Press

Old City Publishing
Opulus Press
Oxford University Press
Oxford University Press
Praxis publishing
Public Library of Science
R.T. Edwards
Scientific Electronic Library
Science Publishers
Taylor and Francis
Teton NewMedia
The Royal Society
University of Chicago Press
Wiley InterScience
William Andrew
Wolters Kluwer Health
World Scientific

Free Online Journals


Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Bioline International
BioMed Central
Directory of Open Access Journals

Free Medical Journals
HHMI Bulletin
Journal Server
PloS One

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Online
Public Library of Science (PLOS)
PubMed Central

Selected Scientific Associations

Académie des sciences
Accademia delle Scienze, Turin
American Association for the Advancement of Science
American Chemical Society
American Institute of Biological Sciences
American Mathematical Society
American Meteorological Society
American Name Society
American Phytopathological Society
American Psychological Association
American Psychological Society
American Society for Cell Biology
American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics
American Society for Information Science and Technology
American Society for Microbiology
American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy
American Society of Agronomy
American Society of Animal Science
American Society of Botany
American Society of Horticultural Science
American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
American Society of Soil Science
American Society of Zoology
American Statistical Association
Animal Behavior Society
Association for Psychological Science
Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour
Association of American Geographers
Australasian Plant Pathology Society
Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Australian Society for Biophysics
Australian Society for Ecotoxicology 
Australian Society for Immunology
Australian Society for Limnology
Australian Society for Microbiology
Australian Society for Parasitology
Australian Society of Herpetologists
Australian Society of Horticultural Science
Australian Society of Plant Physiologists
Australian Society of Soil Science
Biochemical Society
Brazilian Association for the Advancement of Science
British Association for the Advancement of Science
British Computer Society
British Interplanetary Society
British Pharmacological Society
British Psychological Society
British Society for Plant Pathology
Canadian Phytopathological Society
Canadian Society for Horticultural Science
Canadian Society of Agronomy
Canadian Society of Animal Science
China Association for Science and Techology
China Science Society
Chinese Academy of Sciences
Chinese Pharmacological Society

Chinese Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Chinese Society of Cell and Molecular Biology
Chinese Society of Chemical Science and Technology
Chinese Society of Theoretical and Applied Mathematics
Crop Science Society of America
Crop Science Society of Japan
Dutch Pharmacological Society
Edinburgh Geological Society
Edinburgh Mathematical Society
European Association for the Study of Science and Technology
European Mathematical Society
European Science Foundation
Experimental Psychology Society
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Geological Society of America
Geological Society of China
Indian National Science Academy
Indian Pharmacological Society
Indian Science Congress Association
Indian Science Congress Association
Indian Society for Applied Behavioural Science
Indian Society for Parasitology
Indian Society of Gastroenterology
Institute of Mathematics and its Applications
Institute of Physics
International Council for Science
International Social Science Council
International Society for Mathematical Sciences
International Society of Plant Pathology
Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Japanese Association of Medical Sciences
Japanese Chemical Society
Japanese Pharmacologidal Society
Japanese Society for Bacteriology
Japanese Society for Bioinformatics
Japanese Society for Immunology
Japanese Society for Plant Cell and Molecular Biology
Japanese Society for Virology
Japanese Society of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition
Linnean Society of London
London Mathematical Society
Pharmacological Society of Canada
Royal Astronomical Society
Royal Australian Chemical Institute
Royal Czech Society of Sciences
Royal Entomological Society of London
Royal Meteorological Society
Royal Society of Chemistry
Royal Society of Edinburgh
Royal Society of New Zealand
Royal Statistical Society
Royal Swedish Society of Sciences
Society for General Microbiology
Soil Science Society of America
The Muslim Association for the Advancement of Science
Weed Science Society of the Republic of China
Zoological Society of London

Scientific writing - Online primers

  1. A Guide to Writing in the Biological Sciences - George Mason University Department of Biology.
  2. How to Write a Paper in Scientific Journal Style and Format – Bates College
  3. How to Write a Scientific Paper - New Mexico Academy of Science - Cordova, S.
  4. Notes on the Structure of a Scientific Paper - University of Canberra
  5. Writing a Scientific Paper - Luther College Biology Department
  6. Writing a Scientific Paper - Dickenson College Biology Department
  7. Writing a scientific paper - Biochemical Society Transactions. 3:1-26. Booth, V. 1975.