Preface xi
Acknowledgements xiii
1 Communication Skills in Science 1
About this chapter 1
Why are communication skills important for scientists? 1
Scientifi c writing: a little bit of history 3
Scientifi c language 5
Peer review 6
Basic rules for writing (scientifi c) English 6
Punctuation 12
More on plural words 17
Commonly confused words 17
Commonly misspelled words 20
UK and American English 21
Further reading 22
2 Using Scientifi c Literature 23