Author Archive | Andrea Devlin

scientific writing double negatives

Why are double negatives so confusing in scientific writing?

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Scientific writing inspiration: You have to learn how to write

Many students and researchers feel they don’t know how to write their thesis or journal manuscript, but please don’t be discouraged.  Professional sports players spend years training.  Brilliant artists aren’t born with the ability to draw and paint. Just like any other skill, it takes lots of time and effort and become an effective scientific writer.  If […]

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Scientific writing inspiration: Start writing, no matter what

Fear of writing badly can stop you from starting to write your PhD or manuscript.  Don’t be afraid!  Getting anything written is an achievement, and sometimes everything becomes clearer once you start. It’s much easier to improve an imperfect piece of writing than improve a blank sheet of paper!    

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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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Examples of feedback and comments on intensive edits

As part of our intensive editing service, your editor will provide detailed feedback and helpful advice on your manuscript.  The comments may be necessary to clarify the text, ask you to provide more information or include advice to improve the quality of your scientific writing. In this post, I’ve provided examples of actual comments from real […]

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