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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.
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.
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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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Are there any standard formatting rules that I should follow in my manuscript?
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I am a high school student who is interested in sociology. I want to know if the paper I am working on is valuable and reaches publication standard.
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The Economist style guide
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Although The Economist, a British weekly, is not a research journal, its writing is often praised for its clarity and precision. How does the The Economist&n
How are style manuals updated?
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Style manuals are incredibly useful tools for writers, and similar to dictionaries and other reference resources, they must be updated regularly to account for the ever-changing vocabul
Making style decisions in a manuscript
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When writing a research paper for publication in a journal, following the journal’s style is very important and can be beneficial during the review process. Content will, of course, always be the top priority, but if the journal editor and reviewers see that you took the time and effort t
Accidental hyphens are those that occur at the end of a line of text and signal that the last word in the line is incomplete.
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Hyphens are of two kinds, accidental and intentional. 
Referring to tables and figures in a research manuscript
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Tables and figures, although important components of many research papers, are just that—components; you can publish a paper without them but you cannot publish tables or figures without a paper. And if text is...

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