Up to Snuff #36: Necessary Precautions of a Scientific Report

Up to Snuff #36: Necessary Precautions of a Scientific Report

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Form of the Scientific Report  is said to have become more rigidly conventional, not story like but instead using standard formats to convey work. (Kennedy, pg.309)  “Scientists must familiarize themselves with particular conventions  of expertise and journals they want to publish in.”  (Kennedy, pgs. 309)

Citing a problem to an expert audience is key.  What is also important is “passive construction” that uses more neutrality and objectivity, however one may be trying to persuade an audience to “accept a view of reality.” (Kennedy, pg. 310) “Proposals are persuasive.” (Kennedy, Pg. 310)

Scientific Reports are said to be “descriptive, not prescriptive.” They are also thorough and formal with formal citations and an abstract. (Kennedy, pg. 311)

In a Science Lab all things may be unified and based on specific training.  In research generally researchers will endeavor to achieve clean data free of subjectivity.  There are specific techniques and uniformity that one uses to make sure all interviews are equal and all data is true and accurate. I use this example to suggest that use of a template or conventionality achieves a certain cleanliness to the research or to data in general.  One may use the same set of questions for 40 years or more to make specific predictions.  Uniformity can also be a key to success for making comparisons or analyzing data.


Kennedy, George E & Tracy T. Montgomery, Technical and Professional Writing:  Solving Problems at Work, Upper Saddle River, NJ Prentice Hall






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