If you are a scientist or involved in science or scientific research you will need to read science articles and papers. Nowadays, English is the de facto language of science. Reading papers can actually be very difficult, even for native English speakers!

There are many reasons why reading a paper can be so difficult; lots of technical jargon can make papers to read. If the paper is outside your field of study it can be difficult to understand. Often though it can simply be because the paper is not written very well.

Here’s is a link to an article from Science magazine with some tips and ideas on how to read a science paper.

How to (seriously) read a scientific paper

Do you have to read papers? Do you find it difficult? What are the biggest problems?