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Organizing Your References Library

Organizing Your References Library

Last week I explored several citation management systems that store the full citation with abstract and make the job of formatting references within your manuscript much easier. But how do you keep track of all the papers (electronic PDFs) you read for your project,...

Citation Management Systems

Citation Management Systems

How do you input and format the citations when you’re writing up your essay, manuscript, thesis, or other lengthy document? You could easily have at least 40 or 50 references, more if it’s a review paper, and maybe even 150 or 200 or more if it’s a full thesis....

Spelling: American vs British vs Canadian

Spelling: American vs British vs Canadian

Have you ever noticed multiple spellings for some words? These differences are largely due to “American” spelling versus “British” spelling of words. We Canadians generally use a mix of both in our correspondence. Some tend to use American spelling more frequently and...

Conference Networking & Introductions

Conference Networking & Introductions

Today’s blog isn’t about writing manuscripts. Rather, it’s about something just as important – attending conferences to share your research and learn from others. Based on my Twitter feed, many graduate students feel a bit anxious or intimidated about attending their...

How to Reduce Word Count

How to Reduce Word Count

In the Instructions to Authors, most peer-reviewed journals specify the maximum length of a submitted manuscript. Word limits typically range from 3,000 to 4,000 or even 6,000 words, depending on the type of study – original article versus technical report versus...

Top 10 Words for 2019

Top 10 Words for 2019

To wrap up the year, I thought it might be fun to explore the Top 10 Words in 2019, with a focus on science and medicine. Top 10 Words in Science In a Google search of “Top 10 Science Words in 2019”, the top item was an article in The Guardian (International Edition)....

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