July 11 2020

Trinka vs. Leading Grammar Checker Tools

In 2020, there is no shortage of online grammar checkers for general English but rarely does one find a tool that focuses on academic English writing, technical terminology, scientific convention, and publication readiness related aspects.Each time the researchers use online tools to make their writ

June 11 2020

Noun Stacks: Why You Should Avoid it in Scientific Writing

When we write, we want to be understood. Good writing should be clear and concise. The reader should not be left struggling to understand what they have just read. This is especially important in science, where writers often use many complex terms.Researchers and scientists should try to avoid using

March 30 2020

How to Avoid Run-on Sentences in Academic Writing

When writing a paper, are you more focused on ideas or writing style? For most people, the focus is on the ideas they discuss. As a result, one thing that might get lost while writing is the importance of punctuation and sentence structure.In academic writing, it is important to develop your writing

December 27 2019

How to Improve Your Academic Writing Using Language Corpora

No matter how brilliant a researcher you are, you must be able to write about your research effectively to have any impact on the scientific world. Unfortunately for most of us, research and writing are two very different skills. Even the most talented researchers may struggle when it comes to writi

December 17 2018

Avoid These Common Grammatical Errors in Your Paper

Researchers truly feel a sense of worth when their manuscript gets published. However, a researcher’s heart can sink when a manuscript is rejected due to grammatical errors. This article will analyze some of the common grammatical errors found in manuscripts. When researchers learn to avoid these bl

October 31 2018

Avoid Long Subjects in Academic Writing

Academic writing can be difficult for researchers. Expressing important ideas found in the research can be a difficult task. A lack of clarity can even lead to a manuscript being rejected by a publisher. There are many grammar and sentence structure rules that an academic writer needs to know. Avoid

September 30 2018

When to Use Asterisks in Academic Writing

Imagine a graduate student writing an important paper on bioethics or psychoanalysis having a difficult time stating an idea. How can she mark this important idea? She thinks about using different symbols. A hashtag (#)? No, that has a clear usage on Twitter these days. A dollar sign ($). No. Obviou

August 20 2018

How to Avoid Phrasal Verbs in Academic Writing

You use phrasal verbs daily while speaking. A phrasal verb is actually a verb made up of two or more words: the main verb with an adverb or preposition, or both. Using these words in combination gives them a meaning different from that of the individual words used. This makes them difficult for non-

March 23 2018

How to Use Adverbs Effectively in Journal Manuscripts

Adverbs, the lesser known offspring of adjectives and verbs, are words that modify the original meaning of their parents – the adjective and the verb. Adverbs in scientific writing can alter the way an action can be done, such as “thoroughly” or “briskly”. To do something “very quickly” has an entir

March 1 2018

Importance of Punctuation in Research Papers (Part 3)

We’ve already covered the basics of periods, commas in the first article, and those of semicolon, colon and quotation marks in the second article of this series. Now, it’s time to focus on some of the finer points of punctuation in research papers. In this article, we will talk about how punctuation

February 21 2018

We vs. They: Using the First & Third Person in Research Papers

Writing in the first, second, or third person is referred to as the author’s point of view. When we write, our tendency is to personalize the text by writing in the first person. That is, we use pronouns such as “I” and “we”. This is acceptable when writing personal information, a journal, or a book

February 1 2018

Coherence: How Writing Clearly Facilitates Manuscript Acceptance

Coherence is an essential quality for good academic writing. In academic writing, the flow of ideas from one sentence to the next should be smooth and logical. Without cohesion, the reader will not understand the main points that you are trying to make. It also hampers readability. Cohesion necessar

January 13 2018

Importance of Punctuation in Research Papers (Part 2)

As we saw in the first article of this series, punctuation is important because it helps your reader understand the writing clearly. Research papers often contain complex ideas and long sentences. Hence, proper punctuation within these sentences is very important. It helps to strengthen your argumen

November 20 2017

Manuscript Drafting: Why is Subject-Verb Agreement Important?

In academic writing, grammar and sentence construction are of paramount importance. While this is also true for informal pieces of writing, grammar mistakes in academic writing can instantly reduce the credibility of the author. Therefore, it is important to ensure that subjects and verbs always agr

November 16 2017

Incomplete Comparisons: “I Ate More” vs. “I Ate More than He Did”

As an author, your biggest mission is to communicate information to your readers clearly and precisely. Academic writers often use comparisons to highlight the importance of a discovery or finding or to explain the degree to which something has changed. Comparisons can often help facilitate understa

October 11 2017

When to Use “e.g.” and “i.e.” While Writing Your Paper

We see them often in text, usually in parentheses, and we can usually figure out the context from the text before them, but what do those letters mean? The abbreviation “e.g.” stands for the Latin exempli gratia, which means “for example” or “for the sake of example.” The abbreviation “i.e.” stands

October 4 2017

How to Use Synonyms Effectively in a Sentence

A synonym is simply a word that means the same as the given word. It comes from the Greek “syn” and “onym,” which mean “together” and “name,” respectively. When speaking or writing, one of the best ways to expand your vocabulary and to avoid using the same words repeatedly is to use a thesaurus to f

September 21 2017

“If-then”: Using Conditional Sentences in Academic Writing

Conditional sentences are statements of an “if-then” or “unless-then” situation (although “then” is not used), or a probability. These sentences present situations and their possible outcomes. Conditional sentences are often used to discuss the results of the research studies or are part of a resear

September 6 2017

What are the Preferred Gender-Neutral Pronouns in Academic Writing?

Choosing the right pronoun for instances where a person’s gender is unknown or does not conform to the social norms is a topic that has been much discussed and debated. English grammar books explain that English only has the gendered pronouns he and she to refer to an individual in the third person.

August 23 2017

Alike and Same: What is the Difference?

A popular idiom says, “All minds think alike.” This statement demonstrates the proper usage of the word “alike.” “Alike” is not used in a sentence as “similar”. It is because “alike” is used after a verb and not before a noun (as an adjective). “Alike” is a verb modifier and also an adverb. Take a l

July 26 2017

Better vs. Best: Using Comparatives and Superlatives Correctly

Adjectives are words that describe another word. Comparatives are simply adjectives used to compare two things in terms of a specific shared quality. They take three forms—positive, comparative, and superlative. A positive adjective is used without a comparison, a comparative is used to compare one

July 24 2017

Correct Usage of Quotation Marks in Academic Writing

The correct use of quotation marks can be confusing for authors, especially those whose primary language is not English (ESL authors). Quotation marks are used to show that the text is taken word for word from another source, to call attention to an important word or phrase, or when using a technica

June 30 2017

8 Easy Steps to Build Your Vocabulary

Academic writers are expected (maybe, unfairly) to have a larger vocabulary than those outside their field of expertise. Publishers often have restrictions on the number of pages or words allowed in a submitted manuscript; therefore, when you draft your research paper for submission to a respected j