Tips on Writing in English for Researchers [Video Series]

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Writing can be one of the most challenging aspects of research, especially if you have to communicate in a language other than that which is native for you. With English being the dominant language in research, many researchers encounter this challenge regularly.

Although communicating your research in English may offer benefits, such as having a broader range of journals to submit to or being able to share your research globally, it doesn’t make it easy.

That is why we created 4 videos with English writing tips specifically for researchers. In these videos, we share information about English writing mistakes that our editors commonly see. Read further to learn more about the videos, or sign up here to have them emailed directly to you!

4 Video Tips for Writing Your Research Manuscript in English

How to achieve proper subject-verb agreement

When writing your research manuscript in English, it is important to make sure that the subject and verb of each sentence match. In this writing tip video, Dr. Pete Marbais explains the importance of subject-verb agreement and provides examples of how to do this correctly within prepositional phrases.

When to use the articles ‘a’ and ‘an’

When writing in English, the words ‘a’ and ‘an’ are both used with nouns. However, knowing when to use each of these can sometimes be challenging. In this video, Dr. Leila Alderman reviews examples and tips for when to use each one.

Tips for using the word ‘respectively’

When writing about and comparing two parallel lists in English, the word ‘respectively’ is often used. This is especially relevant for researchers as they compare and discuss data in their manuscript. In this writing tip video, Dr. Carrie Thurber shares how and when to use ‘respectively.’ She provides example sentences and shares two other words that ‘respectively’ is sometimes confused with.

How to best utilize hyphens

Using hyphens when writing in English can help readers better understand the text. Yet, when and how should hyphens be used? In this video, Dr. Jenn Mietla explains the general rules for when to use and when not to use hyphens in writing.

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