Rubrics are tools that identify key performance criteria and standards linked to learning objectives and used to subjectively assess expected performance.
Rubrics used in this assignment have been developed from the ACS Style Guide: Effective Communication of Scientific Information, 3rd ed., 2006, Chapter 2, "Scientific Papers", pp.17-26. The rubrics discuss in detail the elements of a scientific paper. Adherence to the characteristics and suggestions found in the rubrics improve the overall quality of scientific writing and will be used as you evaluate your colleagues papers in the peer review process.
The Title in a scientific paper does the following:
The Abstract in a scientific paper does the following:
states briefly the problem or the purpose of the research
includes the theoretical or experimental plan used
summarizes the principal findings
points out major conclusions
includes chemical safety information when applicable
is concise, self-contained, and complete enough to appear separately in abstract publications
is optimally one paragraph (between 80 and 200 words) in length; it can be as short as two sentences; length depends on the subject matter and length of the paper
defines abbreviations or acronyms, if used, when first mentioned in the abstract and again when first used in the text
For a review paper the Abstract does the following:
The Introduction in a scientific paper does the following:
The Experimental Details or Theoretical Basis section, also referred to as the Materials and Methods section, in a scientific paper does the following:
notes and emphasizes any hazards, such as explosive or pyrophoric tendencies and toxicity, in a separate paragraph with the heading, "Caution"
In theoretical papers this section is referred to as Theoretical Basis or Theoretical Calculations. In a theoretical paper this section does the following:
The Results and Discussion section in a scientific paper is presented as either two separate sections or as one combined section if it is more logical. Neither section nor a combined Results and Discussion section repeats information presented elsewhere in the paper.
The Results section in a scientific paper does the following:
extensive but relevant data is included in supporting information
The Discussion section in a scientific paper does the following:
The Conclusion in a scientific paper does the following:
Summaries are generally unnecessary in addition to a Conclusion section. In long papers it can be helpful to summarize the main points.
The References in a scientific paper do the following:
Acknowledgments in a scientific paper list people, organizations and financing.
Examples of acknowledgments include:
Acknowledgments follow the publisher's guidelines
Examples of a Special Section in a scientific paper include:
The Special Section in a scientific paper does the following:
Special Sections follow the publisher's guidelines