Alain RoyerCatherine Brown, Ph.D., Scientific editor

Scientific editing (e.g., grant proposals, scientific articles); Scientific translation; Website design and management

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Scientific writing

This service allows researchers and students to improve their written English for scientific manuscripts, grant proposals, letters of intent, seminars, and poster presentations.

Some benefits of English-language editing of scientific documents are:

  • producing scientific texts that are more precise and concise;
  • increasing the likelihood that manuscripts will be accepted by reviewers and journals; and
  • increasing the chance of success of grant proposals.

Catherine Brown provides scientific editing in her mother tongue (English). She is a member of the Editors' Association of Canada and the American Medical Writers Association.

Having earned a doctorate (Marine optics and remote sensing) from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie Paris VI (France) and a masters degree (Numerical modelling of the ocean) from the University of Toronto (Ontario), Catherine has had the opportunity to study and work at some of the best laboratories in her field (Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia and the Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche-sur-Mer, France). Catherine has also worked for three years at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France) revising and translating scientific documents as well as developing and managing scientific and institutional websites.

Examples of recent scientific editing or translation

  • Chan T, Chow AM, Cheng XR, Tang DW, Brown IR, Kerman K. Oxidative Stress Effect of Dopamine on ɑ-Synuclein: Electroanalysis of Solvent Interactions. ACS Chem Neurosci. 2012; 3(7): 569-574.
  • Chow AM, Tang DW, Hanif A, Brown IR. Induction of heat shock proteins in cerebral cortical cultures by celastrol. Cell Stress and Chaperones. August 3, 2012; 1-6.
  • Dupont F, Royer A, Langlois A, et al. Monitoring the melt season length of the Barnes Ice Cap over the 1979–2010 period using active and passive microwave remote sensing data. Hydrol. Process. 2012; 26(17): 2643-2652.
  • Gherboudj I, Magagi R, Goïta K, Berg AA, Toth B, Walker A. Validation of SMOS data over agricultural and boreal forest areas in Canada. IEEE Transactions on Geoscience and Remote Sensing. 2012; 50 (5, 1): 1623-1635.
  • Langlois A, Royer A, Derksen C, Montpetit B, Dupont F, Goïta K. Coupling the snow thermodynamic model SNOWPACK with the microwave emission model of layered snowpacks for subarctic and arctic snow water equivalent retrievals. Water Resour. Res. 2012; 48(12).
  • Mora B, Fournier RA, and Foucher S. Mapping the health of mature deciduous forest stands by fusing multisource geospatial data with Dempster's combination rule. International Journal of Remote Sensing. 2012; 33(4): 1139-1163.
  • Veloso AJ, Dhar D, Chow AM, et al. sym-triazines for directed multi-target modulation of cholinesterases and amyloid-beta in Alzheimer's disease. ACS Chem. Neurosci. 2012. Publication Date (Web): October 30, 2012.
  • Zhang X, Gray DJ, Huot Y, You Y, Bi L. Comparison of optically derived particle size distributions: scattering over the full angular range versus diffraction at near forward angles. Applied Optics. 2012; 51(21): 5085-5099.

Resources for scientific writing

Scientific writing in English - Documents en format PDF

Scientific writing in English - Livres

  • Day RA and Gastel B. How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper. 7th ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Publishing Group; 2011.
  • Day RA and Sakaduski N. Scientific English: a guide for scientists and other professionals. 3rd ed. Santa Barbara, CA: Greenwood Publishing Group; 2011.
  • Lang TA and Secic M. How to Report Statistics in Medicine. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: American College of Physicians; 2006.
  • Matthews JR and Matthews RW. Successful Scientific Writing: A Step-By-step Guide for the Biological and Medical Sciences. 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2007.
  • Taylor RB. Medical Writing: A Guide for Clinicians, Educators, and Researchers. 2nd ed. New York: Springer; 2011.
  • Wager E, Godlee F, Jefferson T. How to survive peer review. 2nd ed. London: BMJ Books; 2002.
  • Zeiger, M. Essentials of Writing Biomedical Research Papers. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 1999. 

Style guides and writing manuals

  • Iverson C, Christiansen S, Flanagin A, et al. AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. 10th ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2007.
  • American Psychological Association. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. Washington, DC:American Psychological Association; 2009.
  • Council of Science Editors. Scientific style and format: The CSE manual for authors, editors, and publishers. 7th ed. Reston, VA: Council of Science Editors in cooperation with the Rockefeller University Press; 2006.
  • International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication. (Vancouver Style - website)
  • Mulford Health Science Library, University of Toledo. Instructions to Authors in the Health Sciences. (website)

Scientific writing blog

Resources for peer reviewers

Language databases

  • Grand dictionnaire terminologique - La banque de données terminologiques de l'Office québécois de la langue française
  • Termium - La banque de données terminologiques et linguistiques du gouvernement du Canada

CARTEL workshops: « 5 conseils pour l'écriture scientifique »

« 5 conseils pour l'écriture scientifique »
Le passé, le présent et le futur dans vos articles : où, quand, comment et pourquoi ?
« Une quantité importante » n'est pas « an important amount » : éliminer les faux-amis et les faux-amis partiels dans vos articles scientifiques
Quand chaque mot compte ! Une bonne phrase scientifique est courte, précise et claire : comment y arriver


Scientific contributions


  • Brown CA, Huot Y, Purcell M, Lewis MR, Cullen JJ. Mapping coastal optical and biogeochemical variability using an autonomous underwater vehicle and a new bio-optical inversion algorithm. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods. 2004; 2: 262-281.
  • Brown CA, Huot Y, Werdell PJ, Gentili B, Claustre H. The origin and global distribution of second order variability in satellite ocean color and its potential applications to algorithm development, Remote Sensing of Environment. 2008; 112(12): 4186–4203.
  • Huot Y, Brown CA, Cullen JJ. New algorithms for MODIS sun-induced chlorophyll fluorescence and a comparison with present data products. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods. 2005; 3: 108-130.
  • Huot Y, Brown CA, Cullen JJ. Retrieval of phytoplankton biomass from simultaneous inversion of reflectance, the attenuation coefficient, and Sun-induced fluorescence in coastal waters. Journal of Geophysical Research- Oceans. 2007; 112(C6 June 2007).

Invited popular scientific work

  • Brown CA. Response to a skeptic on satellite ocean color. Limnology and Oceanography Bulletin. 2008; 17(4): 98-102.