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You’re not writing for yourself, you’re writing for your reader
Readers, without knowing it, expect information to appear in certain places throughout a text. Good writers consider these expectations when putting together a manuscript. In this 5-part series, based on the classic article by Gopen and Swan, we’ll look at some of the elements you can use to address these expectations and improve the readability of your manuscript.
Writing well involves a lot of practice, but one of the first ways to start improving your writing is through good grammar. Every two weeks we’ll look at a new language problem and learn some tricks for getting it right, and when exceptions should be made. What areas do you find tricky when writing? Let us know in the comments!
Which or That?
These days, you can find just about anything and anyone on the internet. With more and more information being distributed via the web, diverse communities of users have developed to help share information through social media. But what about academics? Many publishing outlets have been quick to embrace social media but uptake by the larger academic community is still limited.
When writing manuscripts for publication, there are many important details that need to be included to present a well balanced, comprehensive description of your work. One of the most important but often underrated of these details is the limitations section of your manuscript. Many authors often experience difficulty writing about the limitations of their work or are reluctant to include them at all.
Last month in our Resource Roundup we looked at some of our favourite online tools to help you work more efficiently. This month we thought we’d change gears and focus on online resources that can help you keep up with all the latest news in publishing. There are far too many journals to keep up with on an individual basis, and with new high-profile retractions and changes in the publishing industry happening at a fairly constant rate, it’s important to stay up-to-date.
Being listed as an author on a published article is one of the main goals of scientific research. Each listed author had a significant role to play in a study and has responsibility for the work presented; however, journals are now starting to ask for an author to be named the overall ‘guarantor’ of the paper. It can be a bit confusing to differentiate the role of an ordinary author vs the corresponding author vs a guarantor, so today we take a look at these key authorship roles and try and make sense of each of their responsibilities and who to list for each category on the manuscript.