In this MQP, I conducted a full genre study of chemical engineering trade journals in order to write an article about rare earth elements for Chemical Engineering Progress, a trade journal published by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). In order to define best practices, I conducted extensive research in the popular and academic spheres of scientific communication and designed and conducted an inductive study of 9 trade journal articles. From this work, I found trade journals exhibited elements of the popular, academic, and textbook genres of scientific communication. I also classified two types of articles: highly technical and overview. The results of this analysis were used to write my article.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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