How to Read a Scientific Paper

I just posted another video to my Scientific Writing YouTube channel about how to read a scientific paper. If you are a researcher or plan to be, an important part of becoming a successful author of academic papers is being familiar with the literature in your field. This means you must read a lot of papers. In a new video, I describe a strategy that will help someone read a scientific paper efficiently and critically and to extract the essential information they need. I also briefly describe how to conduct a literature search and quickly identify papers to read in preparation for writing a class paper or an article for publication.

Using Transitions in ScreenFlow 9

During film editing, video transitions are used between clips to smooth the jump from one clip to the next. Transitions are particularly useful when you need to cut out a mistake made when filming a person speaking to the camera. In this video tutorial, I show how to use transitions in ScreenFlow 9 and go through a few examples such as:

  1. transitioning between mismatching segments of a speech.
  2. avoiding dropped audio during a transition.
  3. fading out a picture-in-picture window (showing your image) in a PowerPoint recording.

Here is the tutorial:

A New Writing Video: Improving Narrative Flow in a Scientific Paper

Do reviewers tell you that your writing is choppy, doesn’t flow well or, worse, is incoherent? Are you stumped about how to address this problem? In writing a scientific paper, it’s necessary to craft a narrative that guides your readers and helps them follow your thought processes. In an earlier video, I described how scientific papers follow a story arc: Introduction (what I studied and why), Methods (how I did it), Results (what I found), and Discussion (what it means). In this new video, I show how to improve flow by ensuring each paper section, subsection, and paragraph follows a story arc to make a clear point and that all narrative units are written to form a coherent whole.

By the way, these tips about writing and using a story arc will help you make better videos. I’ve covered in a previous video how storytelling techniques can help you make a better video about science.

Teleprompter for Video App

If you want to record a video using a word-for-word script, you need to use a teleprompter or a teleprompter app. In a previous video, I showed how to use a script while recording yourself using your computer’s camera. In a new video tutorial, I show how to use a teleprompter app for iOS (Teleprompter for Video) to record a video on an iPhone. This app is nicely designed and easy to use. I briefly go through the settings to show the options available for tailoring the app to your use and also provide a few tips for using a teleprompter app.

Two New Writing Videos

I’ve posted two new videos about scientific writing on my other YouTube channel. One examines how to improve the ending of a scientific paper, and the other shows how to write an effective cover letter to accompany a journal article submission.