Today, February 12th, is Darwin Day, the 210th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, probably the most famous scientist to have ever lived, so far at least.
Darwin is best known for shaping our understanding of the mechanisms of evolution, the fundamental process that underlies all biological life on Earth. His insights culminated in one of the most famous books in the history of science, The Origin (‘On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection’), published in 1859.
Darwin was a gentleman naturalist in the true sense of the word; he has the money and time to carefully observe nature, collect animals and plants, and synthesise data about behaviour and variation. He wrote down many of his thoughts over the course of his life; his letters, diaries, and, of course, publications remain to attest to his insights and scientific legacy.
There are two lessons that we can take away from a man like Darwin as academic writers, aiming to publish our research. First, he wrote down and published a huge volume of work over the course of his life which means that we know a lot about him and his ideas today. Lesson: It’s very important to publish your research, not just for career and personal advancement, but to ensure that something remains to history of the work that you do. As the old saying goes, research that has not been published may as well not have been done at all.
The question is: how can you get your work published in the most effective way? Our goal at The Charlesworth Group is to help you as much as possible, with editing, language polishing, journal selection, and education services (offered via Charlesworth Knowledge) to help you achieve your potential when publishing your work. We understand that this can be a difficult process, especially if your first language is not English.
Charles Darwin wrote numerous books, papers, letters, and diaries but was also famous (amongst his contemporaries and correspondents) for being a slow and careful writer, constantly editing and changing his mind about his work. This is the second lesson that we can learn from his life and work. The texts and editions of his books, for example, are full of corrections and riddled with marginalia, comments, questions, and remarks. The point is that even in your native language, you’ll want to edit, correct, and make changes to your work; we can help you to ensure that this takes up as little of your time as possible.
Effective scientific writing means finding a balance between good ideas and expressing them as clearly as possible. Poorly written papers are less likely to pass smoothly though the journal editorial and peer review process and good ideas can get lost in this mess. Why waste time editing and re-editing your documents?
You come up with the ideas, let us help with their communication!