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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...

Having Fun With English

Having Fun With English

Some people say that English is one of the most difficult languages to learn. If English is your first language, you probably don’t think so. But those who learned English as a second or third language would likely disagree. My associate Ramona Rea (@RamonaRea), who...

Are You Dissatisfied or Unsatisfied?

Are You Dissatisfied or Unsatisfied?

Many clinical studies measure patient satisfaction with the outcome of a surgical procedure or other treatment intervention. Typically, 5-point Likert scales are used, ranging from very satisfied to satisfied, neutral (neither satisfied nor dissatisfied), 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...

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