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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!
5 Basic mistakes in manuscript writing that can lead to rejection
Every author wants to see their paper published. However, even papers with novel and path breaking findings might face rejection due to basic mistakes in manuscript writing. To avoid this, authors can take care of the following common problems in the introduction, experiment, result, discussion,
Tips on writing the Acknowledgments section
Although the Acknowledgments section of a research paper is perhaps the easiest to write, this simple exercise can prove difficult. This post offers you some helpful tips.
Understanding words of measurement and estimation in scientific writing
Science is all about measuring and counting, and expressions that indicate whether a given figure (quantity) is precise or rounded off are common in all science writing. Although several such expressions mean more or less the same thing, there are subtle differences, and a careful writer
When it comes to writing, all information is not equal: some of it is given as an aside—not essential, but interesting, useful, or "nice to know." How do you mark this kind of information? The most common, and least obtrusive, way is to enclose such information within a pair of commas, a
Sensitivity in scientific writing
Scientific writing is all about being accurate, brief, and objective, and as editors or writers we should reduce the bias that creeps in from the use of insensitive language and flawed
Latin abbreviations in scientific writing
Latin abbreviations are increasingly rare in today's scientific writing: the Council of Science Editors recommends and others instead of et al. and such abbreviations as op. cit. and loc. cit., commonly used in citing sources, are seldom seen now.  
Scientific writing: Difference between "to reveal," "to show," and "to indicate"
Constructions like ‘the data reveal that’, ‘Table 1 shows that’, or ‘Figure 2 indicates that’ are common enough in research papers—and all are commonly ...
Offers some tips on generating text, that is on accomplishing the actual task of writing.
Punctuating headings in research papers
Headings or headlines are a special kind of text and are not as rigidly governed by conventions of punctuation. Read more...
I'm having trouble with "was" vs. "were" in the following sentences: 1. Fuel-stained soil and street waste was discovered south of the site. 2. During the building excavation, 500 kg of soil were removed from the property. Is "was" correct in the first sentence and "were" in the second one?
  • Anonymous
  • Jan 27, 2014