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Scholarly publishing: Academic writing

Recommended readings


SAGE Research Methods Online (SRMO)  — An award-winning tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects by providing material to guide you through each step of the research process. 
Twelve tips for getting your manuscript published (2016) / David A. Cook
How to write and publish a scientific paper (2016) / Barbara Gastel and Robert A. Day

Research proposal

The grant writing and crowdfunding guide for young investigators in science [electronic resource] (2017) / Jean-Luc Lebrun, Justin Lebrun.
Proposal writing : effective grantsmanship for funding (2017) / Soraya M. Coley and Cynthia A. Scheinberg.
Writing Successful Grant Proposals [electronic resource] (2016) / Ellen W. Gorsevski. 
Successful grant proposals in science, technology and medicine [electronic resource] : a guide to writing the narrative (2015) / Sandra Oster, Oster-Edits, and Paul Cordo. 
Writing a proposal for your dissertation : guidelines and examples (2016) / Steven R. Terrell
Twelve tips for writing educational research grant proposals (2012) / Maria A. Blanco and Mary Y. Lee

Literature review

Why, When, Who, What, How, and Where for Trainees Writing Literature Review Articles (2019) / Gerry L. Koons, Katja Schenke-Layland, Antonios G. Mikos
Writing literature reviews [electronic resource] : a guide for students of the social and behavioral sciences (2017) / Jose L. Galvan
Systematic approaches to a successful literature review (2016) / Andrew Booth, Anthea Sutton and Diana Papaioannou. 
The literature review : six steps to success (2016) / Lawrence A. Machi and Brenda T. McEvoy
7 steps to a comprehensive literature review : a multimodal & cultural approach (2016) / Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie & Rebecca Frels.


The dissertation journey : a practical and comprehensive guide to planning, writing, and defending your dissertation (2019) / Carol Roberts and Laura Hyatt
Thesis Writing for Master's and Ph.D. Program [electronic resource] (2018) / edited by Subhash Chandra Parija, Vikram Kate
Writing a graduate thesis or dissertation [electronic resource] (2016) / Lorrie Blair
Planning your research and how to write it [electronic resource] (2016) / Aziz Nather (editor) 
How to write a thesis (2015) / Umberto Eco ; translated by Caterina Mongiat Farina and Geoff Farina

Author Names and Affiliations

Guidelines on standardising your names and affiliations — this PDF includes recommendations for NUS authors in listing your full name and affiliations in your publications, to reduce name variants and facilitate the retrieval of your publications in bibliographic databases.

Citation Styles

LibGuide on Citation Styles

Reference management tools

The library offers the following reference management tools to help organise your references in your publications. 

  • EndNote helps to store and organise references found from many sources, inserts these references into a variety of document types, and automatically formats the references according to your preferred citation style.

  • ‚ÄčMendeley is a social citation management tool that lets you drag and drop or extracts metadata from PDFs to create reference libraries, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest research. 

  • Zotero is a free and open source bibliographic citation management software that allows you to save, collect, manage, cite, and share research sources.