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Editing Tip: Introductory Phrases in Academic Writing

  • Introductory phrases can be tricky to use properly
  • Some introductory phrases are better for contrasting, others for highlighting similarity

by Jacqueline Chretien, PhD, ELS

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Editing Tip: 'Less' vs. 'Fewer' in Academic Writing

Writers often have difficulty determining when to use 'less' and when to use 'fewer' in a sentence. While these words are both used to refer to quantity, they cannot be used interchangeably.

by Leila Emery, MA

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Editing Tip: 'Respectively' and 'Namely'

The words 'respectively' and 'namely' are very useful when providing specific information to the reader, but each is frequently misused. Here are some examples of how to use these terms correctly.

by Jacqueline Chretien, PhD, ELS

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Editing Tip: Relatively

  • The term relatively, most commonly defined as meaning “in comparison,” can be confusing to use
  • 'Relatively' already implies comparison, so it does not need to be used with a comparative (-er) adjective form
  • 'Relatively' can also be defined as 'slightly,' but this usage is not preferred in scientific writing

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: Proper Use of the Term 'Both'

  • Authors often inadvertently cause confusion using the term 'both'
  • Both can be used as a pronoun or a conjunction
  • Use 'the same' only when 'both' is serving as a pronoun

by Paige Hall, PhD

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Editing Tip: Proper Usage of Latin Terms

  • Latin terms such as e.g. or in vitro are extensively used in scientific writing
  • Keep in mind that e.g. and i.e. are not combined with etc.

by Michaela Panter, PhD

4 min

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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: Eponyms

  • An eponym is a type of noun or phrase that is based on a person's name (e.g., einsteinium)

by Ben Mudrak, PhD

3 min

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