You can find a lot of support for scientific writing on the internet. For instance, all the academic words that are used most frequently by scientists in various disciplines have been compiled in the Academic Word List, which you can find on the following website:

Also, Manchester University compiled a phrase bank with helpful suggestions for formulating all the various parts of an academic paper:


There are also quite a number of books on academic and scientific writing. Here are a few that I found useful:

  • Gopen, G.D., Expectations, Teaching writing from the reader’s perspective (Pearson Longman, 2004)
  • Trask, R.L. The Penguin Guide to Punctuation(Penguin Reference Books, 2004)
  • Hannay, M. & MacKenzie, J.L. Effective writing in English: a sourcebook(Bussum: Coutinho, 2002)
  • Cottrell, S. The Study Skills Handbook(Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2003)
  • Swales, J.M. Swales and Feak C.B., Academic Writing for Graduate Students,3rdedition (University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 2012)
  • Bless, A. and Hull,E. Reader-friendly biomedical articles – How to write them!, third edition (Van Zuiden Communications B.V. Alphen a/d Rijn, 2008, ISBN 978-90-8523-176-7)