Friday, 4 November 2005: 17.00-18.20
METM 05, Barcelona, Spain
Improving referencing skills: considerations for the facilitation of academic writing
Iain K. Patten, PhD, is a freelance translator and
author’s editor based in Valencia, Spain. He comes from a research background
in biomedical science and is interested in issues associated with effective
communication of scientific information.
Although citing information sources is a central component of academic writing, it is often subject to misinterpretations and inconsistencies that present problems for authors and readers alike. By considering ways referencing can support effective academic communication, author’s editors and translators may be better equipped to identify and resolve difficulties. Focusing mainly on examples drawn from the natural sciences and medicine, this presentation will consider aspects of effective citation practices, illustrate common problems, and propose ways in which language consultants may be able to facilitate the development of more effective referencing skills.