Writing Abstracts that Get Accepted

Writing Abstracts that Get Accepted

By Guest Contributor Miranda A. L. van Tilburg, PhD   A Google search on how to write an abstract for submission to a medical conference will give you millions of hits. Most of these tell you what to write where, advise you to know the conference requirements...

The Purpose Statement

The Purpose Statement

The purpose statement of a manuscript is the most important sentence in the paper. The entire manuscript is constructed around and flows from the purpose statement. If the purpose of your study is not clear, the reader will have difficulty understanding the need for...

The Power of Language

The Power of Language

Writers, teachers, journalists, librarians, avid readers, and politicians are all well aware that language, written or spoken, has power. Whether it’s a simple fact or a complex concept, the words used to share it have an effect on how it is understood and...

Redundancy

Redundancy

Redundancy is the needless repetition of words, phrases, sentences, paragraphs or ideas that mean the same thing. In a redundant phrase, the extra word adds nothing new. The modifying word’s meaning is contained in the word it is modifying. The goal of scientific...

Sneaky Cheats to Reduce Word Count

Sneaky Cheats to Reduce Word Count

 In an earlier blog, I described a number of strategies that I routinely apply to reduce the word count of manuscripts. However, even after applying all of these strategies, the paper may still be a bit too long – from just a few words to 100 or more words over the...

One Space or Two?

One Space or Two?

After a period (full stop), do you put one space or two spaces? People passionately belong to one camp or the other. And it seems to be somewhat age-related, with older people showing a preference for using two spaces, whereas younger people tend to use one space....

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