Helpful resources

Helpful Resources

Scientific literature resources:

Systems and molecular biology resources:

Nomenclature conventions for gene, protein, strain names etc.:

C. elegans described on Wormbase, and described as a Wormbook chapter

Other species referenced here

Worm numbers (volume, DNA content, etc.)

Here is a highly recommended online course on writing scientific paper.

On reviewing a manuscript:

Useful starting places for how to review a paper are here and here.  I don’t agree with all of it, though, and also have a few thoughts to add. Here are short perspectives from many scientists at many stages of career.

A nice resource on data visualization for scientific papers is here.

On the use of active and passive voices and 1st and 3rd person in science writing: Happily, the old tradition that science should be written in the passive voice is changing; many journals now encourage active voice. Duke’s Writing Center has a nice discussion of the issue, and some history and relevant literature, here. Here is a humorous take. Here are good descriptions of the active and passive voice–and when each is useful (active is not always best!). Here is a good article that emphasizes the point that sometimes the passive voice is the right choice.

A number of takes on how to read a scientific manuscript

Our lab journal club how-to; additional/complementary advice here, here , here, and here. Note some of this needs to be translated to our field. Mix and match and be creative!

Occupational and Environmental Safety Office: