|Ecology Writing Guide|
Scientific writing tips
This section offers some guidelines on how to use language to write a clear and concise scientific report. Remember these are guidelines only; scientific writing is a form of creative art, and there are exceptions to the rules.
Scientific writing is formal, but there is still room to express your personality and style. Aim for a concise and elegant style with well-constructed sentences and paragraphs that flow well between topics.
- Wordy sentences.
- So much jargon that even an expert can't understand what you're trying to say.
- Colloquialisms (eg, slang and sayings).
- Overusing the word very – it is often unnecessary.
- Contractions (eg, write ‘is not’ instead of ‘isn’t’).
- Vague statements.
- Instead of: “The destruction of habitats is bad”.
- Be more specific: “The destruction of habitat is detrimental to many species, because … ”.