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Spooky Science

Spooky Science

Stepping away from medical and biological sciences a bit, a foray into quantum physics teaches us about “spooky” science. In quantum entanglement, first described by Schrödinger, if you observe a particle in one place, another particle – even one that is light years...

Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

Inclusion & Exclusion Criteria

What is the difference between inclusion and exclusion criteria? How do you know whether something should be an inclusion or exclusion criterion for your study? In a prospective study, you define the study population and enrol eligible subjects before applying the...

Affect vs Effect

Affect vs Effect

According to a Twitter poll I conducted recently, numerous people are challenged to use the words “affect” and “effect” correctly. These terms come up frequently in scientific and medical writing. Affect is commonly used as a verb, meaning to impact on, to influence,...

Citing the Literature Correctly Within the Text

Citing the Literature Correctly Within the Text

Last week we looked at how to describe the literature in the Introduction and Discussion sections of your manuscript. When referring to a published study in the main text of your manuscript, a specific format is required for citing the study. This format is dependent...

Introducing and Discussing the Literature

Introducing and Discussing the Literature

You’ve searched and reviewed the literature on your research topic, designed your study accordingly, and now you’re ready to write up your results in a manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. In the Introduction and Discussion sections of the manuscript,...

WIIOKTUA? (When Is It OK To Use Acronyms?)

WIIOKTUA? (When Is It OK To Use Acronyms?)

LOL ROFL NVM OMG POV TIA FYI IMHO LMK ICYMI These common acronyms and many others are used abundantly in texts, tweets, instant and direct messages, and emails. Acronyms are generally used to save time when texting, and to save space and avoid repetition in papers. In...

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