How to be more prolific: Strategies for writing and publishing scientific papers
By William F. Laurance
School of Marine & Tropical Biology,
James Cook University, Cairns, Australia
Tue 11 May 2010: 3.00pm – 4.00pm
DBS Conference Room (see map)
Block S3, Level 5
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore
Host: Professor Navjot Sodhi.
About the talk – Why do some scientists struggle to write whereas others publish prolifically? In this talk I reveal a lifetime of hard-won secrets for increasing your scientific productivity. I explain how to put yourself in the mood for writing, detail dozens of tricks for writing effective papers, and highlight strategies for dealing with prickly editors and hostile reviewers. Such tricks can literally double or triple your scientific productivity.
About the speaker – William Laurance is Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Marine & Tropical Biology at James Cook University. Laurance received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1989 and then held research positions with the CSIRO and Wet Tropics Management Authority in north Queensland, before joining the Smithsonian Institution where he was , based in Brazil and Panama. After 14 years there, he joined JCU He is also a research associate at Harvard University.
Professor Laurance’s research focuses on the impacts of intensive land-uses, such as habitat fragmentation, logging, and wildfires, on tropical forests and species. He is further interested in climatic change and conservation policy. He works in the Amazon, Africa, Southeast Asia, and tropical Australia, and has published five books and over 300 scientific and popular articles. A leading voice for conservation, Dr Laurance believes that scientists must actively engage policy makers and the general public, as well as other scientists.
He is a fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science and former president of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, the world’s largest scientific organization devoted to the study and preservation of tropical ecosystems. He has received many scientific honors including the prestigious BBVA Frontiers in Ecology and Conservation Biology Award, regarded by many as the ‘Nobel Prize’ for environmental conservation.