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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!
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In scientific writing, I have seen a few sentences where a comma has been placed after "then". For Example: "If I have to type then, I need to switch on my system." And in some other cases, the comma is placed before "then." Example: If I have to type, then I need to switch on my system. Could you please let me know which one of the above sentences is correct?
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  • Jan 17, 2014
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Is it correct to use comma after etc., at the end of the sentence in American style of English? What if it is a research paper? Example: Various technologies like Java, Microsoft, Unix, etc.?
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  • Jan 17, 2014
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Avoid grammatical mistakes in scientific writing
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Scientific writing often poses a challenge to non-native English authors. While writing papers, authors often face grammatical problems. Let's look closely at one of the most common one in this post.  
Improving researchers' English language competency
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A proven way to be a better writer is to read extensively. Exposure to correct language through extensive reading in some ways mimics the way you learnt your native language
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Knowing now, thanks, that a symptom refers to an endogenous disease and a side effect refers to treatment i.e. medication, I want know if it is correct to say that I have symptoms from a side effect, or symptoms from a was a side effect from the medication I took? Thanks.
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  • Dec 5, 2013
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Although English uses an elaborate system of tenses, simple past and simple present are the most common tenses in research papers, supplemented by present perfect and past perfect. The word ‘perfect’ in this case means ‘made complete’ or ‘completely done’ 
Varieties of English in research writing
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It is helpful for authors to be aware of the two dominant varieties of English in STM journal publishing - American and British - when preparing their manuscripts for publication.
A tutorial on word choice in academic writing
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Over the years, I’ve come across many common language mistakes made by non-native speakers of English. The incorrect of use of words and phrases in English can confuse the readers or mislead them. To clear this confusion and help you master the English language, I’ve discussed some.
A vocabulary lesson for writing better research papers
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Here, I discuss a few pairs of English word that non-English-speaking authors often mix up and use incorrectly.
research paper length
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Many English-second language authors find it quite difficult to write concisely, because they cannot find appropriate words to substitute long phrases. In fact, conforming to a given word count limit is difficult for native English speakers as well because they usually have so much to say and 

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