See American Scientist's article, 12 Tips for Scientists Writing for the General Public, for more information.
Credit the contributions of others
List alphabetically by author's last name, according to biology.kenyon.edu/courses/biol09/framepapers.htm.
Do not use direct quotations or paraphrasing in scientific papers. Because scientific writing is concerned with data and results, not with analysis of text, the need to quote the text of others is unnecessary in scientific writing. You should describe the work of others in your own words and cite the work parenthetically in the text by author and date, listing the work more fully at the end in your list of references.
For advanced questions refer to the Council of Biology Editors Style Manual.