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Editing Tip: Avoiding Sentence Fragments

This article discusses how to avoid sentence fragments, which may confuse readers and be considered problematic by journal editors.

by Michaela Panter, PhD

3 min

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Editing Tip: Avoiding Preposition Overuse

As part of our advice about concise writing, this article shows the problems with too many prepositions in writing and demonstrates how to avoid their overuse.

by Michaela Panter, PhD

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Editing Tip: 'Case' vs. 'Patient'

Clarifying the difference between 'case' and 'patient' in medical or clinical research

by Michaela Panter, PhD

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Editing Tip: 'That' vs. 'Which'

In scholarly writing, the words ‘that' and ‘which' are frequently used to introduce additional information about important items. Here is some information about the implications of each word and when to use one or the other.

by Ben Mudrak, PhD

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When It's Best to Be Explicit: Using Advance Organizers to Structure Your Argument

This article outlines what an advance organizer is, when one should be used, and why you want to use them.

by Bryce Hantla, EdD

8 min

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Editing Tip: Comma Splices

More ways to make your manuscript more readable by using best practices for commas.

by Ben Mudrak, PhD

2 min

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Editing Tip: Colon Usage

This tip covers correct and incorrect usage of colons, including lists as well as independent and dependent clauses.

by Michaela Panter, PhD

2 min

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Editing Tip: Correlative Conjunctions

Correlative conjunctions are pairs of phrases or words that are used to link two ideas. This article reviews how to use them in sentences.

by Paige Hall, PhD

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When Two Parts of a Sentence Should Go Their Separate Ways

  • Long sentences aren't all bad, but too many can make your manuscript unreadable.
  • Sentences over 20 words in length can be especially challenging for readers.
  • Avoid lengthy indroductory phrases starting with terms like because or although.

by Ben Mudrak, PhD

5 min

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