Writing up Results
Things you can do to make scientific writing easier to read:
- Proofread. Correct
spelling, use that and which correction, make data a plural, avoid split
- Label axes in plots.
Identify units and color scales. Make axes large enough to be
readable when plot is sized to final dimensions.
- Explain methodology in
text and captions.
- Punctuate equations.
An equation is part of the text. At the end of a sentence, the
equation should end with a period. If a comma is needed, use it.
- Choose comprehensible color scales. Use the same color scales for
similar plots. Show the color bars.
- Make plots large enough to be
legible, and size similar plots to be consistent.
- Define notation.
- Use conventional mathematical
- vectors should be bold and small
- matrices should be bold capitals
- f is the Coriolis parameter
- Cite appropriate sources.
Provide full citation information following standard scientific
- Use text, figures, and
tables together to tell your
story. Cross reference tables and figures in the text.
- Avoid passive voice.
Use active verbs and short sentences.