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How to stop your table and figures jumping around in Microsoft Word®

 

Have you ever struggled with the text jumping about onto the next page when you type in your scientific manuscript?

Or do you find it difficult to keep the tables or figures in the correct places and on the correct pages in...

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Using respectively correctly

 

Respectively is a very useful word in scientific writing; however, we often see this word used incorrectly.

Here are some sentences that use the word “respectively” in the wrong way.

Can you identify what’s wrong with each...

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Uniform guidelines for biomedical journals

 

The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (IJCME) is a group of science editors from 12 different journals. They have defined a standard set of rules and guidelines for preparing documents for their journals.

These...

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Quick guide to scientific words that are easily missed during a spellcheck: free infographic

 

Using the spellcheck tool of your word processing software is a good way of making sure there are no mistakes in your scientific manuscript. 

However, the spellcheck will miss words that are spelled correctly if they are very similar...

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160-words-for-your-materials-and-methods

We all know that feeling…writing a manuscript and using the same words over and over again. Sometimes it’s really difficult to think of alternatives, especially when you’re trying to describe complex scientific protocols in the...

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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...

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Using adverbs such as “additionally” and “however” as the building blocks of good scientific writing

 

Most students and researchers find it easy to collect information from the literature for the introduction or discussion section of their manuscript.

However, linking different facts together to produce logical,...

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Creating tables in scientific papers: row and column titles, units, error values and sample sizes

 
This is the second post in our series about creating and editing scientific tables. In the first post, we saw how basic table formatting and effective table titles could be used to improve an example of a poorly constructed table.

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Creating tables in scientific papers: basic formatting and titles

 

Tables are a very important part of scientific papers. A good table should present the data simply, clearly and neatly, and allow the reader to understand the results without having to look at other sections of the paper. A bad...

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Why are double negatives so confusing in scientific writing?

 

Recently, I was editing a manuscript and found a sentence that reminded me of the importance of avoiding “double negatives” in scientific writing.

The patient had no abnormal blood glucose or insulin levels.

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