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Style and Format

Writing a manuscript is not just about getting the language and grammar right. It is also about the way in which you format your research paper, prepare various sections in your paper, follow subject-specific conventions with regard to using words, symbols, or terminology, cite your sources, follow the relevant style guide, etc. This section will help you with useful tips on various aspects of manuscript preparation.
Style tips for presenting genes and products of genes in scientific writing
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Find tips on presenting genes and products of genes in this article. Gene nomenclature is fairly complex, and this article attempts to draw attention to its intricacies and provide some tips for authors. 
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As an academic copyeditor who helps authors prepare journal-ready manuscripts on a daily basis, I work on a number of manuscripts that need to be formatted as per guidelines stipulated by a journal. These guidelines range from basic instructions on paper size and language style to exhaustive guidelines on formatting manuscript sections, presenting data, or citing sources.
PCR (polymerase chain reaction): style for thermocycles (temperature and duration) and for primers
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This post explains how to print temperatures, seconds, and primers in describing a polymerase chain reaction.
A few points of style related to bacterial nomenclature
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The article discusses a few points of style related to bacterial nomenclature.
How to write binomials or scientific names of organisms
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This article covers the basic points of style authors should note while using the names of species in research papers. 
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Discusses the recommendations concerning the use of capitals in eponyms
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When I cite some other work, I'm not sure how I should write the reference. Should I use the name of the first author or that of the contact author before "et al."?
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  • Nov 18, 2014
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Tips for writing the perfect IMRAD manuscript
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To ensure that your manuscript conveys your ideas effectively, it is essential for you to structure it well. Many journals expect scientific research papers to be written in the traditional format, which is also referred to as the IMRaD format (Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, and Discussion). This post provides some quick tips following the IMRaD structure.
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Hi, is it okay to cite a work that has been accepted for publication but not yet published? I have used some information from this article and would like to acknowledge the source.
  • Anonymous
  • Jun 9, 2014
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As a result of technological developments and the increasing importance of article-level metrics, social media have become a valid source of information. There are generally three ways you can cite social media sources

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