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Cool Jewels: Communication

Resources to support the Year 8 study of geology.

What is a flowchart?

A flowchart is a visual representation of the sequence of steps and decisions needed to perform a process. Each step in the sequence contained within a diagram shape. Steps are linked by connecting lines and directional arrows. This allows anyone to view the flowchart and logically follow the process from beginning to end.

How to write a scientific article

Writing for Journal of Gem and Jewellery magazine:

Articles should include:

  • a brief headline or title
  • an abstract of only one sentence
  • one-sentence biographical note detailing your position and institute in which you work

Please consider the following before submitting:


Articles need to be pitched at a level that is easily understood and written in plain but engaging language emphasising the importance of your research to everyday life.

Avoid jargon wherever possible.


  • send a welcoming signal to your reader
  • try phrasing your title as a question (Is jewellery harming the planet?)

Follow with an opening hook

Follow up your engaging title with an opening paragraph that contains a question, quotation, anecdote (story) or description: a vivid scene, a surprising fact.

Toss your readers into the middle of a story that has already begun.

Tell a story

The stories we like best have real people in them. 

Remember that readers need to be persuaded to invest their time in your article. The usual way magazine articles do this is the exact opposite of a "whodunnit". 

Whereas the strategy of crime fiction is to build tension and only give the game away at the end, a magazine article does the exact opposite: it gives away the story up front so the reader becomes intrigued and will want to find out why or how it happened.

Find out if your writing is ‘fit or flabby’ by running it through the Diet Test

Academic Honesty

Articles will  not be accepted for publication without a correctly formatted (Harvard style) bibliography.


Creative apps

Flowchart apps