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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!
I am writing a single-author paper. I have used "we" in many places in my writing. Will this be considered grammatically incorrect? I am not sure if I should use "I" throughout the paper as this might sound arrogant or egotistical. Please advise.
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  • Jan 12, 2015
4 Must-dos when writing an engineering research paper
This post provides some important tips researchers should bear in mind while writing engineering papers.
When to use "woman" and "female" in scientific writing to keep the writing gender neutral or free of gender bias
Authors often wonder when to use "woman" and "female" to keep scientific writing free of gender bias
Choosing between 'case' and 'patient'
Most researchers avoid referring to individuals and using such terms as cases, subjects, and even data points that led the AMA Manual of Style to include specific guidance on this topic as part of general guidance on correct and preferred usage of common words and phrases.
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
Writing a research paper
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.