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scientific writing double negatives

Why are double negatives so confusing in scientific writing?

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simple tip to improve scientific writing

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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English science editing materials and methods: insertions and deletions

Example of our standard science editing service: materials and methods

When submitting manuscripts to scientific journals, it’s important to make sure that your materials and methods section is written very well, so that your reviewers can fully understand and evaluate your research. The language you use, the order of the methods and the level of detail you provide are all important. We understand that it […]

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Use of apostrophes in scientific writing

Generally, apostrophes indicate either two words that have been shortened into one word (e.g. isn’t) or indicate the relationship between two words (e.g. the boy’s ball).  Words containing apostrophes are very common in casual written English, like this blog post, a book or a letter to your friend, but apostrophes are not normally used in […]

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