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A Hand Book on Publication and Dissertation Writing for Science Students
Omale James
Published Date:
September, 2014
Science Publishing Group
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Table of Contents
Front Matter
Chapter 1 Preparation of Papers for Publication
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Data Preparation and First Draft
1.3 Preparing the Manuscript
1.4 How to Prepare a Publication
1.5 Why Do Scientists Publish Papers?
1.6 What is a Good Manuscript?
1.7 Types of Manuscripts
1.8 How to Choose the Right Journal
Chapter 2 The General Structure of a Full Article
2.1 The Title
2.2 Abstract
2.3 Keywords
2.4 Introduction
2.5 Methods and Materials
2.6 Results
2.7 Discussion
2.8 Conclusion
2.9 Acknowledgements
2.10 References
2.11 Common Mistakes in Figures and Tables
Chapter 3 Submission of Manuscript
3.1 Cover Letter
3.2 Suggestion of Potential Reviewers
3.3 Reviews after Submission
3.4 Rejection
3.5 What to do if a Paper Gets Rejected
3.6 What to Avoid
3.7 Characteristics of an Incredibly Dull Paper
3.8 Technical Details
3.9 Language
3.10 Authors Names
3.11 Ethical Issues in Publishing
3.12 What Leads to Acceptance of a Paper
Chapter 4 Writing a Review Article
4.1 General Points to Consider When Writing a Scientific Review Paper
4.1.1 Structure of a Review Paper
4.1.2 Internal Relationship among Subtopics in Reviews
4.1.3 Citation Patterns in the Body of Reviews
4.1.4 Organization of Conclusion
Chapter 5 What is a Thesis or Dissertation?
5.1 The Basics of Thesis Writing
Chapter 6 Writing a Thesis/Dissertation Proposal
6.1 Goal of Thesis Proposal
6.2 Importance of Writing a Strong Thesis Proposal
6.3 Research Question and Important Requirements
6.4 General Structure of Research Proposal
6.5 Literature Review
6.6 Research Question/Statement of the Research Question
6.7 The Hypothesis and Sub-Hypothesis
6.8 Methodology
6.9 Addendum
6.9.1 Salient Tips for Clarity of Presentation
6.9.2 Use Verb Tenses Strategically
6.9.3 Common Mistakes in Proposal Writing
Chapter 7 Preparation of Dissertations or Thesis
7.1 What is a Research Project?
7.2 The Scientific Thesis or Dissertation as Part of a Research Project
7.3 The Importance of the Research Report within a Research Project
7.4 General Problems with a Thesis
7.5 The Nature of the Research Report
7.6 Criteria for Evaluation of Thesis Quality
7.7 The Superstructure of the Research Report
7.8 Guidelines for the Superstructure of a Research Report
7.9 The Different Components of the Superstructure
7.10 Main Body of The Report or Thesis
7.10.1 Chapter 1. Introduction
7.10.2 Chapter 2: Literature Review/Theoretical Framework
7.10.3 Importance of Literature Review
7.10.4 Chapter 3: The Research Design and/or Methodology Investigation
7.10.5 Functions of Research Design
7.10.6 Chapter 4: Presentation of the Findings/Analysis Of Data
7.10.7 Chapter 5: Discussion of Findings
7.10.8 Chapter 6: Conclusions
7.11 References
7.12 Basic Rules of Listing References
7.12.1 Reference List: Author/Authors
7.12.2 Single Author
7.12.3 Two Authors
7.12.4 Three to Six Authors
7.12.5 Organization as Author
7.12.6 Two or More Works by the Same Author
7.12.7 Two or More Works by the Same Author in the Same Year
7.12.8 Article in Journal Paginated by Volume
7.12.9 Article in Journal Paginated by Issue
7.13 Appendix (CES)
7.13.1 Headings and Subheadings
7.13.2 Guidelines for Headings
7.13.3 Common Mistakes to Avoid While Writing a Thesis
Back Matter
Dr. Omale James received his Ph. D in Biochemical Toxicology, from Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike, Abia State, Nigeria during the period of 2009. He obtained B. Sc and M. Sc degree in Biochemistry from U.D.U.S and University of Ibadan, Nigeria respectively. Currently he works as a Lecturer in the Department of Biochemistry, Kogi State University, Anyigba, an Associate Professor of Biochemistry. He is currently the Head of Department of Biochemistry and Deputy Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies, Kogi State University, Anyigba.

He serves as an editorial member of several reputed journals like International Journal of Malaria Research and Review, International Journal of Pharmaceutical and Biological Research, International Journal of Biotechnology and Allied Fields, Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Sciences, International Research Journal of Applied Life Sciences, International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences Review and an expert reviewer for Journal of Integrative Medicine, Annual Research & Review in Biology, Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences etc. He has authored over 58 journal articles and he is a member of Nigerian Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Nigerian Society of Experimental Biology and Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Products Research (GA). He has attended several conferences and workshops in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and other countries in Europe.
The book “A Hand Book on Publication and Dissertation Writing for Science Students” was written primarily for students, who struggle to write their undergraduate and postgraduate thesis/dissertation with difficulties and who wish to publish their research work after graduation. The author tried to simplify the approaches involved in writing theses by organizing them in simple order, enumerating the common mistakes in thesis and publication writing. These general guidelines could help a science student to adapt easily to writing a world class journal paper and an award winning dissertation. The book explores various aspects of publication writing from title to references and from submission to revision, how to write a good research proposal and dissertation. Any science student having gone through this compilation will be fully equipped to face the challenges of dissertation and publication writing and builds his or her academic career on the foundation. Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students of Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology, and Agriculture will find this book useful in the course of their University education.
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