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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!
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...
Basic guidelines on using uppercase versus lowercase in scientific writing
This post offers some basic guidelines on choosing between upper case and lower case letters in scientific writing.
Language is an area researchers often struggle with when writing a research paper. This video shares four must-do’s of research writing, which are: 1. Focusing on sentence structure to ensure that the most important ideas are conveyed in the first part of the sentence2. Choosing between active and passive voice3. Using simple words whenever possible4. Writing clearly using fewer words
A scientific manuscript should be clear, objective, and bias-free. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that authors are aware of the nuances of words related to gender, race, ethnicity, etc. In this tutorial, we discuss words that tend to introduce a bias when used incorrectly.You may also be interested in the first part of this series on commonly confused words in scientific writing. 
I want to discuss a previously published work, and want to point out a few assumptions in it that I disagree with and feel are based on faulty logic. It is okay to criticize previous work? What kind of approach or language should I use so as not to offend the authors of the study?
  • Anonymous
  • Feb 5, 2015
Tips for writing a manuscript on qualitative health
In the field of health studies, qualitative research is often believed to lack scientific rigor and therefore less useful than empirical studies. To counter this prejudice, qualitative health researchers should ensure that their reporting is on par with quantitative studies. This post lists five aspects that qualitative researchers should focus on to prepare effective, transparent manuscripts.
Scientific writing is all about clarity and precision. Using the right vocabulary is critical to writing an effective scientific manuscript. This SlideShare provides a quick overview of some words that are commonly misused in scientific writing. The meaning of these words is explained along with relevant examples to help authors understand the nuances better.
Non-native speakers of English often find it very difficult to paraphrase or summarize English text using their own words. This is one reason why many non-English speaking authors are unable to clear plagiarism check at the journal end. This video teaches you a few techniques that will help you paraphrase English text effectively.   Related Reading - The complete guide to writing a brilliant research paper