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    This page is going to discuss some of the ideas that have come to light when publishing a paper.  There are many books on the subject.  I particularly like:

    How to write a Scientific Paper "6th"ed by Day and Gastel

    Day also has a book called "Scientific English" which I find tries to give a logical explanation for why to write certain ways rather than just listing rules of grammar.


    - Make sure your conclusions address statements in the introduction.


    - make all variables in test italics.
    - put a space between numbers and their units
    - put a space between number and a dash separating them, such as 6 - 12.
    - include units on all numbers in a list, such as 5 cm, 10 cm, and 15 cm.

    - figure vertical axis label should be horizontal unless it is long

    -equations should be treated as part of a sentence with either a comma or period after them


    Referencing
    - when writing about a paper with several authors use "et al." when discussing in verbal speech say "and others".

    Nomenclature
    - variables should be in italics
    - no dashes or = between variables and definition just a tab or certain amount of space
    - definitions should be lower case
    - include units
    - separate Greek letters and sub/superscripts


    Figures:
    - Keep all figures in a single power point presentation so they are easy to find.  Power point is an easy way to make and modify figures.
    - add a line under the figure while your editing the paper which describes what code/file was used to create the figure.

    When describing figures in the text you can follow a six step process:
    1.  Describe the figure axes
    2. Describe the conditons used to make the figure, aka how the figure was obtained
    3. Describe what the figure shows, any trends, whatever he reader is suppose to get from the figure
    4. Explain why the things happen the way they are shown, either with math or physics and preferably both
    5. Transition to the next figure or topic
     - If the figure shows more than one trend do part 3 and 4 for each piece of information you want the reader to get from the figure.







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