Writing science-made easy

It may not be completely clear to me now, but I am sure I will eventually see it in the future (not a so-far-future, I hope).

Anyway, it may be helpful to summarize the 13 points on “advise to young scientists”, by Professor John Smol:
1. Excitement, enthusiasm! This is what thrives science.
2. Do not underestimate your ideas. They may change the world.
3. The real challenge is to ask the right question.
4. Be right, rather than just interesting.
5. Make interesting questions, rather than boring… but only if the interesting questions are answerable.
6. Keep an open mind. Be flexible! Do not set up ghettos. Get outside your comfort zone!
7. Be prepared for surprises. Your ideas may cloud your judgment.
8. Precision versus possible: keep in mind that science and scholarships are as simple as sanitized versions.
9. Learn how to appreciate the positive aspects of criticism. Being the 1st is important. You may not get a 2nd chance. Remember that is no “final study” as well.
10. Communication should not end in the classroom or laboratory. Science is not politics. The ideas win by being the best, not the most voted.
11. Appreciate that we must choose the correct words/terms.
12. Sometimes, you have to “throw stones at giants”, such as politicians, or stakeholders (when making assessment plans or frameworks).
13. Research is fun!

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