Scientific Writing

We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. – Carl Sagan

As the global language of science, English goes hand-in-hand with scientific exploration and discovery. As a result, knowing English Scientific Writing is very important. We need to be able to communicate with not only other scientists and specialists but also the general public, many of whom do not speak general English as a native language. Scientific English was developed as a result.

Whether you are a committed scientist or just an avid enthusiast, Scientific Writing is a great tool to have. These posts will help you develop your scientific language skills:

Latest posts on Scientific English:

What is an abstract?

So you have to write a scientific paper. You’ve done the research, you have an idea of what you will write about, and you have figured out the structure of the paper. There is just one problem – that pesky part at the beginning called the “abstract”. What is an abstract? What does it do?… Read more “What is an abstract?”

The Basics of Scientific Writing

Just like learning anything, it is best to start with the basics (building blocks) and work up. If you are interested in learning Scientific Writing, I recommend you have an intermediate to advanced level of English. If you understood everything to get to this point so far, you will be fine.

The building blocks of Scientific Writing

The best way to start learning this “language” is to compare it to something you already know: general English. All those things you either learnt in school or when learning English are important. The good news: you use them in very specific ways and there are few to no exceptions to the rules! Here are some important concepts:


Time to get out the trimmers! No, not that kind of hedging!! Hedging is an important tool that all writers should have in their arsenal, especially when writing in an academic or scientific context. But what is hedging? Hedging is… Read more “Hedging”

Now that you have the basics down, let’s look at some more advanced topics:

Types of Scientific Publishing

If you are part of the world of science in any way, you will know that many in the scientific community equate publishing articles with success. Many universities, companies and research institutions place a lot of emphasis on scientific publishing. As a result there are many journals and ways to publish. Should you publish in… Read more “Types of Scientific Publishing”

Types of Scientific Articles

Scientific English is used in many different situations and places; however, none is more visible than in scientific articles. There are many types of scientific articles: short and to the point, long and extremely detailed, and everything in between. What are the different types? What kind of information does each one have? Why should I… Read more “Types of Scientific Articles”