Writing up Results
Things you can do to make scientific writing easier to read:
- Proofread. Correct
spelling, use that and which correctly, make data a plural, avoid split
infinitives (when possible; style manuals vary in their judgment on this topic).
- 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.
You can write up your results using what-you-see-is-what-you-get
software such as Microsoft Word, or using typesetting software such as
Latex. The advantage of Latex is that it will allow you to track
reference information easily and will typeset equations efficiently (once you
master the basics.) Word is often useful for shared documents for which you
want to track changes made by multiple writers. For my notes on writing
a manuscript with Latex, see here.
Turning in your write up
Please submit your write up to turnitin.com,
following instructions posted here.