The MedSci Communications BlogWeekly Writing Tips
Welcome to our weekly dose of writing advice, grammar suggestions, and the occasional nerdy observation.
Top 10 Words for 2022
To wrap up the year, I thought it might be fun to explore the Top 10 Words for 2022 in different media. Top 10 Words According to Merriam-Webster 1: Gaslighting – as in psychological manipulation of a person, usually over an extended period of time, that causes the...
The Cover Letter
When you’re submitting a manuscript to a journal for consideration, do you include a separate cover letter to the Editor? Many people do, but some don’t. I always include a cover letter. It’s an opportunity to make a good first impression and tell the Editor a bit...
My First Paper – Still a Big Deal
My first publication was a huge achievement, a very big deal in my life. And it still holds a very special place in my life and career, more than 30 years later. Apparently, I’m not the only one. A recent Twitter poll I conducted found 38% of respondents felt their...
“Data” Is Plural
We are so accustomed to using the word “data” that many of us have forgotten whether the word is plural or singular. “Data” is the plural noun. “Datum” is the singular noun, for one single piece of information. So should we use the plural form of a verb with the word...
Is It Significant?
The word “significant” is used extensively when reporting the results of a study and discussing them. But when is it acceptable to use “significant”, and when should you use something else? Most journals specify that the word “significant” should only be used when...
Do You Bear It or Bare It?
Last week on Twitter I saw the words “bear” and “bare” used incorrectly many times as people were lamenting the changes and problems with the platform. So I thought it would be a good time for a refresher on the correct use of these homophones. BEAR Noun: a large,...
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