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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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Which are correct: 20% or 20 % and 37°C or 37 °C?

We ask a question every week on the rules of scientific writing and formatting. Test yourself and find out how much you know. It’s just for fun and maybe you’ll learn something new, as most of the questions are based on the common mistakes that we see in manuscripts. We post every question on twitter […]

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which is correct: mls or mls?

Which is correct: 5mLs, 5mL, 5 mLs or 5 mL?

  Which is correct: 5mls, 5ml, 5 mls or 5 ml? Answer: 5 mL. Units should always be written in the singular form, for example mL, cm, mM (not mLs, cms or mMs). This rule always applies, even if you are talking about 1, 10 or 100 mL. There should always be a space between the […]

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Which is correct: P<0.05, P <0.05 or P < 0.05?

Here’s our second weekly writing quiz question! We ask a new multiple choice question every Tuesday on the rules of scientific writing and formatting.  Test yourself and find out how much you know.  It’s just for fun and maybe you’ll learn something new! We post every question on twitter (@ScienceExperts), our Facebook wall and here […]

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Using respectively correctly

Respectively is a very useful word in scientific writing; however, we see lots of examples of this word being used incorrectly. Here are some sentences which use the word “respectively” in the wrong way or where it is not needed at all. Can you identify what’s wrong with each one? Did you spot what’s wrong […]

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