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Manuscript Preparation

All academic authors should prioritize familiarizing themselves with the specifics of manuscript formatting because a well-written, well-structured research paper has higher chances of journal acceptance. However, the road leading to manuscript submission is relatively long and could be rather confusing for uninformed authors or those lacking relevant guidance. There are many things you need to focus on when writing a manuscript, e.g., grammar usage, flow of content, proper use of technical terminology, etc., all of which contribute to the how a particular paper and its author are perceived. Here, you will find helpful tips and resources on all aspects of academic manuscript writing--grammar, language, style, format, manuscript structure, and preparing tables and figures. The idea is to help you understand how to write a high-impact research manuscript.
Italicizing Latin phrases in scientific writing
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Scientific writing often uses a few Latin phrases, either abbreviated (etc. for et cetera and et al. for et alii) or spelt out (in vitro, in vivo, in situ). Should they be set in italics?
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The references section requires adequate details of the documents cited. Similarly, for any item of laboratory equipment or supplies that you mention in the materials and methods section, you should supply appropriate details
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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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Using the correct symbols: the degree sign and the multiplication sign
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With modern word processors, we no longer have to make do with the same key for lowercase ‘l’ and numeral ‘1’ (as those who have used old portable typewriters may recall). 
Tips for abbreviating journal names in references
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Among the many ways in which journals differ in the way they expect authors to format references is the way names of journals are given: whether spelt out in full or abbreviated
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Graphs are often referred to as pictures of numbers. Graphs capture the meaning behind a set of numbers and convey that meaning at a glance. As a researcher, you are no doubt familiar with bar charts
Referring to tables and figures in text
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Now that we have dealt with the use of footnotes in tables in a general way [refer to the earlier post 
Footnotes in tables (part 1): choice of footnote markers and their sequence
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Footnotes often indicate scholarly texts. Although less commonly used in the text now than in the past, footnotes to tables are as common today as they were before, and this post is about how to use them.  
Effective use of tables and figures in a scientific manuscript
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Use tables and figures effectively to present detailed results and complex relationships, reduce the length of the manuscript, and enhance readers’ understanding of the study results.
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The title, abstract, and keywords may well hold the key to publication success. Spend extra time to get these right.

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