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The advice of Strunk & White is as valuable today as when it was first published. This book has conveyed the principles of English style to millions of readers.

"...a marvellous and timeless little book... Here, succinctly, elegantly and without fuss are the essentials of writing clear, correct English."

Word choice, word location, sentence structure and paragraph organization; guidlines and exercises compliment the easy-to-follow text.
Why is so much writing so poor and what can we do about it?

What is the secret of good prose? Does writing well even matter in an age of instant communication? Should we care?

In this funny, thoughtful book about the modern art of writing, Steven Pinker shows us why we all need a sense of style.
Another excellent little book with essential guidelines to producing concise, clear texts, for all levels of experience.

Discover what readers need to understand complex information, important differences between good and bad writing and how to improve texts using simple principles.

Each chapter ends with execises illustrating each principle to practice these writing skills.
Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers

Excellent detailed descriptions of almost all essential elements for writing scientific papers, with lots of practical exercises.

Perhaps a challenge to those not completely familiar with English and all its subtle meanings.

But the hard work will be repaid in the end....
An "all-rounder" and excellent book for all writers of scientific papers, proposals and presentations - all the aspects of scientific communication a scientist needs to know.

Word choice, word location, sentence structure and paragraph organization; guidlines and exercises compliment the easy-to-follow text.

An excellent overview on writing scientific papers for non-native English speakers.

Easy to follow rules and tips, from preparing and structuring a manuscript, to how to write each section, and use of concise, clear, effective English.

Science Research Writing for non-native speakers of English
Another excellent book for non-native speakers. Examples from real papers are used in a step-by-step approach to explain each section of a paper.

This template-based approach, with lists of verbs and useful vocabulary, helps writers build up their own research paper.
How to Publish in Biomedicine
Concise, clear guidelines to essential structural elements required for writing scientific papers.

A good start and overview for beginners, with check lists and advice. Not so much about language use.

These two books provide lots of light relief — but are not just amusing — here you can see what a mess you can get into using the wrong word or punctuation.

Bryson’s Dictionary of Troublesome Words: A writer’s guide to getting it right!
Who doesn't need this? And all the examples of how the press get it wrong is enought to make this book fun ....

Lynne Truss covers everything you ever wanted to know about punctuation! And how terribly wrong it can go if you make a tiny mistake ....

Two classic, small and handy reference books.

The Penguin Guide to Punctuation is a no–nonsense guide with precise definitions of every type of punctuation.

The Dictionary of English Grammar defines all significant grammatical terms and their applications.

Covering the basics of grammar as well as broader issues such as writing a grant application and selling your ideas. Clear explanations and helpful examples.

This is all about writing, not necessarily scientific papers, but articles, books, best–sellers and so on.

How the great authors use words — only words — to elicit all the responses they seek from their readers.

And their secret? Revise, revise, revise!

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