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Biology: Scientific Writing for Non-Science Audience

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  Tips: Writing about Scientific Topics for Popular or General Audiences

 Writing for Non-Scientist Reader*

From SCITEXT CAMBRIDGE

 Some tips from article::

  • Get feedback on preliminary versions of the paper from non-experts

  • vital to maintain reader's confidence, which begins lower than in other audiences. Raise it at the start by reassuring reader that the article is designed for non-experts, and keep it high

  • Use as few technical terms as you can, and define them explicitly where they first appear; context is not enough

  • Use plenty of analogies; effective ones are always imagistic and made with things familiar to non-scientists

*Fuller discussion found in lower third of article.

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Five tips for writing popular science: Learn the art of conveying complexity to the general reader.

Sullivan, Charles, and Cameron M. Smith. "5 tips for writing popular science: Learn the art of conveying complexity to the general reader." Writer 119.7 (2006): 23-25. Academic Search Elite. EBSCO. Web. 12 Jan.2012.