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Grammar and Writing

Poor language is a common reason for journal rejection. Access our resources on topics such as word choice in scientific writing; common mistakes in research papers; language tips to improve scientific writing; field-specific conventions when using terminology; the use of nouns, verbs, tenses, voice, punctuation marks, symbols, etc.; politically correct scientific writing; the use of punctuation marks; word reduction tips; and much more!
The editor of my manuscript has asked me to improve my English. Specifically, he/she mentioned that I had misused the word "the." In some places, "the" was not used or was used wrongly.
The Chicago Manual of Style is commonly used by authors writing academic manuscripts as it contains detailed guidelines on various aspects of writing as well as language and grammar. This video, prepared and presented by The University of Chicago Press, is an introduction to The Chicago Manual of Style. It is geared toward writers, students, librarians, businesses, and anyone interested in using the Manual to support their work. First, it gives a general overview of the Manual and explains how...
I want to write that there are two articles that use the same stimulus and they find the same result. Which tense should I use?
I am a non-native English speaker from Vietnam. I am a Chemical Engineering lecturer in Hanoi. I am trying to write a scientific research paper related to the chemical field, but it seems to me that I lack knowledge in using suitable grammar structure to express my ideas when describing the materials/instruments, and writing the abstract, results, and discussion parts. Thank you so much. I am looking forward to hearing your comments.
As an author, it is quite difficult to write concisely. After all, you have so much to say! But when submitting your manuscript to a journal, you must ensure that you meet the required word count. Let us look at some areas you can focus on to keep your manuscript concise. Do you use any other techniques to reduce wordiness in your manuscript? Share your tips with us in the comment box below.
As non-native speakers of English, we tend to prefer longer and fancier sentences when writing in English. For instance, if I search for the English translation of a Chinese term, I will get many options but would prefer to use the one that seemed most uncommon to show that my English is good. Does this apply to scientific writing? Do editors and reviewers prefer long sentences in an English paper or short ones?
  • Anonymous
  • Oct 16, 2015
Workshop Material
Editage conducted a one-day workshop focused on improving the writing skills of researchers in India. The material for this workshop is available here. 
I am preparing to write my first manuscript for an international journal. But since English is not my first language, for me, writing will involve some amount of imitation. I need to learn how to paraphrase effectively so as to avoid plagiarism. Can you help me? Thanks.
  • Anonymous
  • Sep 16, 2015
In the first part of this video John McDonald, experienced trainer at Editage, listed three common number-related errors authors commonly make when writing their research manuscripts. In this second segment, he reveals three additional mistakes: Tense usage when referring to tables and figures within the manuscriptSubject-verb agreementThe use of too many simple sentences to convey repetitive information John also shares useful tips on using the word 'respectively'. Based on John's explanations...
Writing a paper for journal submission is always a point of stress. From punctuation to proofreading, from language to formatting – there are so many things to take care of! Wouldn’t it be great to have someone warn you about the most common errors authors usually make, so that you can avoid making the same mistakes in your research paper? John McDonald, experienced trainer at Editage, lists the most common manuscript writing mistakes and tells you how you can fix them.In this first part, John...


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