Publication is an essential step in the scientific process. Discoveries are considered unofficial until they have been reviewed by fellow scientists and published in journals. Through publication, scientists learn about new findings and debate new ideas. This year, BRIT Press celebrates the 60th anniversary of fulfilling this critical role in botany.
I’ll admit it. I’m biased toward brevity. It’s hard to write succinctly, though. Blaise Pascal knew it (“I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had time to make it shorter”). Shakespeare knew it, too (“Brevity is the soul of wit”). You can imagine, however, how additionally difficult it is […]
This article originally appeared in BRIT’s former newsletter publication, Iridos, Issue 20(2) 2009. “Hell — is sitting on a hot stone reading your own scientific publications.” ~ Erik Ursin, fish biologist (in Sand-Jensen 2007) One of my favorite journal articles is a little number called “How to write consistently boring scientific literature” (Oikos 116:723–727. 2007). Penned […]
The Journal of the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (JBRIT) is celebrating its 54th year of continuous publication. It all started when Lloyd H. Shinners—a member of the Southern Methodist University (SMU) faculty and a prolific botanical researcher and writer who wanted to edit his work and the work of others—founded and published the first two issues of Sida, Contributions to […]