How to Write an Editorial Style Science Paper

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A science writer writes articles that appeal not only to scientists but have application to a broader audience, including the general public. Topics on science not only have theoretical application but the potential to affect our daily lives. Safety issues concerning nuclear power are of concern to many, as are environmental, global warming and bioethics issues, which can cause us to confront real-life decisions. The science editorial writer does more than present facts. He attempts to persuade the reader to his particular viewpoint and possibly lead the reader to further action.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Word Processing Software
  • Library
  • Internet for Research
  • Choose the theme of your topic carefully. Don't try to take on a topic that is so broad in scope that it would need a complete book to adequately answer it. Ask yourself these questions: 1). What is the purpose of the article. 2). Who is the audience you are trying to reach? 3). How should I present the information?

  • Thoroughly research your topic. Get your facts straight. Learn both sides of controversial issues. Even if your position is immutable and you have a definite opinion, by learning fully the opposite viewpoint, you will be in a better position to persuade your reader.

  • Include elements of differing viewpoints in your editorial. By including relevant aspects of differing viewpoints in your editorial, your article will appeal to a broader audience, and people whose viewpoint differs from yours will be more likely to continue reading and to consider your viewpoint, whereas one-sided arguments can come across as being dogmatic. Reasonableness is essential in dealing with potentially controversial scientific topics.

  • Your conclusion should tie in directly with your theme, reiterating your thesis and provide practical application of the information. Further, your science editorial should encourage the reader to some further action, instill a desire to know more on the subject or provide the reader with a clearer view of the future with respect to the topic at hand.

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