About This Manual

The purpose of this manual is to introduce you to scientific writing, specify our expectations for writing in Biocore (What is Biocore?) labs, and provide other information developed over the years in response to problems Biocore students have experienced with writing.  In addition, we include a primer for oral presentations and development of scientific posters. Although these other resources are included, the manual’s main focus is on writing laboratory reports using the format most commonly used for scientific journal articles.  Many of the guidelines are also valid for other forms of writing.

Editors’ note: We are eager for your comments and suggestions.  Please tell us your ideas for improving future editions.  We welcome verbal, written, or email ( comments given to us directly or through your TA.   Please be as specific as possible.

Janet Batzli and Michelle Harris, editors © 2020




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Process of Science Companion: Science Communication by University of Wisconsin-Madison Biology Core Curriculum (Biocore) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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