Clear. Precise. Effective.

Are you looking for an experienced science writer?
Someone who can produce commercially-focused copy that’s concise, accurate and engaging?
Welcome to Clearly Scientific.

About me

My name’s Dr David Barden. As a specialist science writer, I’d like to help you create effective, jargon-free copy for your website or your next marketing campaign.

My experience in both academia and industry means that I’m comfortable dealing with complex scientific concepts and feature-rich products – and writing words that get across your message clearly and concisely.

So whether you need some compelling sales copy for a product webpage, a case-study highlighting a customer’s success, or an informative and readable white paper, give me a call.

My expertise

I’ve got three key skills that I can use to give your communications maximum impact – a combination that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else.

My services

I’m comfortable with pretty much any type of scientific or technical content, but the things I Iike to work on most are:

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Customer stories

Case-studies, testimonials and quotable comments are all great ways of engaging with your audience. Take advantage of my skill with words to highlight your successes.

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Technical documentation

Whether you need a manual or technical report, I can work with you to create a document that is crystal-clear and structured for instant understanding.

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Below you'll find just some of the many projects I've worked on for clients ranging from major multinationals to small start-ups. Please click on the thumbnails to see example pages, annotated to highlight what I did to make them successful.


David has been an invaluable asset to us during the rapid expansion of our marketing activities. First and foremost, he is an excellent writer, able to explain even complex technical points clearly and concisely: we’ve been amazed at how quickly he’s been able to grasp complex concepts in neuroscience and applied physics, as well as convey our brand values in his writing. He’s also creative and diligent – during our website relaunch he made many carefully-considered suggestions on structure and content that saved us lots of valuable time in decision-making. Finally, he’s versatile and responsive, and can deal not just with web copy, but brochures, video scripts, email blasts and more, calmly getting the job done even when there’s a tight deadline. His “can-do” mindset has been key for achieving the best results on every project we’ve collaborated on, and we look forward to continuing to work with him. Bravo!

Dr Jeremy Ferrier & Phoebe Hertzog

Iconeus, Paris, France

Dr Anna Cooper

UK Marketing Manager, Shimadzu UK

David is now my go-to person for support with scientific copywriting. He does a lot of the heavy lifting in making sense of some pretty challenging technical stuff and he presents it in a lively and accessible voice. A great partner to work with, he is always clear and responsive and I can rely on his experience and capability to get a project through to completion.

Dr Patricia Kidd

Segment Marketing Manager – Chemicals and Coatings, Malvern Panalytical, The Netherlands

Quentin Clair

Head of Digital Marketing, Elkem ASA, France/Norway

Dr Ciaran McArdle

Director, Aeardis Ltd, UK

I’m very happy to endorse David’s copyediting of our scientific and engineering book manuscripts. As well as having excellent attention to detail, he happily accommodates specific requests, and keeps to our deadlines – someone we can trust!

Dr Mark Smith

Senior Editor (Plastics Technology), Carl Hanser Verlag, Germany

David is an experienced scientific copywriter and copyeditor with a highly organised approach to everything he does, meaning he delivers projects on time and to an exceptionally high standard. He’s also a really nice guy and an absolute pleasure to work with.

Dr Gavin Davies FCIM, Chartered Marketer

Head of Communications, Markes International, UK

I would like to express my sincere gratitude to you for your excellent assistance throughout my entire writing process and for your invaluable guidance on my writing style [for my book, Polymer Extrusion]. Without your endless patience and help, I would not have been able to create such a memorable work.

Antony (Chi-Ying) Wong

Badger Color Concentrates, Inc., Wisconsin, USA

Your content document for the client’s website [] was absolutely fantastic, and it really transformed the ease of the site build in my opinion – thank you very much indeed!

Gavin Preece

Director, Orangedrop Design, UK

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