What is it about?

This paper proposes “Thesis poetry” based on the IMRaD (Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion) scientific paper format.

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Why is it important?

“Thesis poetry”could promote understanding and empathy between scientists and the lay public, and foster and improve scientific literacy.


In ecology and other multidisciplinary fields, it is common to combine field surveys with laboratory and field experiments in synthesizing hypotheses. A single thesis poem might therefore summarize several papers. I hope that it becomes possible to use thesis poetry to convey science in the cultural and traditional aesthetic famil- iar to the public in each culture.

Dr. Mitsuru Tada
1National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan

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This page is a summary of: Combining Poetry and Science to Create Scientific “Thesis Poetry” as a Tool for the Communication of Science, Science Communication, May 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/1075547019847488.
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