Submitted to: Crop Science
Publication Type: Other
Publication Acceptance Date: 9/22/2001
Publication Date: 4/1/2002
Citation: KARLEN, D.L. FINE-TUNING YOUR WRITING - A BOOK REVIEW. CROP SCIENCE. 2002. V. 42. P. 655-656. Interpretive Summary:
Technical Abstract: The book entitled Fine-Tuning Your Writing was reviewed and found to be an excellent resource for scientists, engineers, administrators, and others, for whom writing is a requirement. The first four chapters focus on getting to know the reader and general principles of writing. Punctuation and grammar, word selection, crafting meaningful titles, writing complete but concise abstracts, preparing clear tables and useful figures, including only pertinent references, making appropriate statistical inferences, and avoiding passive voice. The final four chapters address plagiarism, reviewing and reviewers, electronic publishing, and development of effective poster presentations. This book is a very up-to-date, easy-to-read reference on the subject of writing, especially the American version of scientific and technical English.