Tag: Abbreviation

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Editing Tip: Indefinite Article Use with Elements

  • Chemical elements present some unusual exceptions to normal rules for usage of indefinite articles (a and an)
  • Choose the article based on the sound of the element when sounded out fully (e.g., 'silver' not 'Ag')
  • For isotopes, consider the sound of the element symbol first

by Michaela Panter, PhD

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Editing Tip: Quirks of Nanoscience Writing

The successful communication of research results in nanoscience depends on properly understanding and using its unique terms and conventions.

by Paige Hall, PhD

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Editing Tip: Singular and Plural Abbreviations

Abbreviations can be made plural, but there are specific techniques to consider when doing so

by Ben Mudrak, PhD

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Editing Tip: Scientific Names of Species

To help you understand the correct use of scientific species names, here are a few key terms and conventions that may appear in your journal's guidelines for authors.

by Robert Fagen, PhD

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Editing Tip: Using Microsoft Word to Find Inconsistencies in Your Manuscript

  • Use the find and replace tool in Microsoft Word to ensure consistent formatting in your manuscript
  • Check for inconsistencies in abbreviations/acronyms, hyphenation, spacing, and more

by Jacqueline Chretien, PhD, ELS

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Editing Tip: Strange but True Aspects of Scientific Writing

  • There are a few conventions in scientific writing that look wrong but are really standard usage
  • Measured quantities (e.g., 5 ml) take a singular verb
  • Certain abbreviations follow usage trends that are distinct from the typical English pluralization system.

by Ben Mudrak, PhD

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Editing Tip: When to Use Abbreviations

This article covers field-specific abbreviations and when to define them based on journal requirements.

by Michaela Panter, PhD

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Editing Tip: Writing in the Geosciences

  • Like many fields, the geosciences have specific terms and conventions that are important to know when writing and submitting a paper for publication in a geoscience journal
  • Pay attention to journal conventions for abbreviations, date and time format, and other terminology

by Theresa Andersen, PhD

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Abbreviations in Figures: Saving Space but Frustrating Readers?

The unnecessary use of abbreviations in figures can make a paper more difficult to read and may be particularly troublesome for journal reviewers.

by Jody Plank, PhD

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