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Why are double negatives so confusing in scientific writing?

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New tool makes it easy to find appropriate keywords for your manuscript

Selecting keywords for a scientific paper is often difficult, and it’s important to get the keywords right so readers can find your work. The Medical Subject Headings section of the U.S. National Library of Science are responsible for the MeSH Library of approved keywords. They have recently launched a simple tool to help pick appropriate […]

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One simple way make your scientific writing more professional

  The results showed that…… This phrase repeatedly comes up in the papers we edit and our editors always delete it or change it.  I’ll explain why we suggest you avoid using these words in this blog post, and provide some useful alternatives to help you improve your scientific writing. Firstly, “the results showed” is […]

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