Apr 182014
 
Twitter As a Tool for Sharing Your Research

With increasing research output and limited time, it can be challenging to promote your research. The social networking site Twitter presents one avenue for building a network of colleagues and for engaging with researchers and journals in your field. To learn more, please see the article “Twitter As a Tool for Sharing Your Research,” published [...]

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Apr 152014
 
Editing Tip of the Week: Commonly Confused Terms in Data Analyses

Research studies in numerous fields require quantitative analyses. Beyond actual data and equations, specific terminology is needed to clearly convey and discuss results. However, several words that are commonly used when describing data are also frequently confused. Today’s editing tip outlines a few of these terms. Amount/number, less/fewer: The first term in each pair is [...]

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Apr 112014
 
Automated Proofreading

Automated proofreading may be appealing due to its accessibility and speed, but this grammar-checking tool also presents certain disadvantages. In particular, digital proofreaders may not be well suited to revising technical writing, such as unique clinical terminology. Please visit AJE’s Author Resource Center for the full article “Proofreading Academic Writing: Human vs. Machine” and contact [...]

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Apr 082014
 
Editing Tip of the Week: Choosing Effective Keywords

As the volume of research output and the number of journals expand, identifying relevant studies in the literature is becoming increasingly challenging. To facilitate online article searches, most journals require authors to select 4-8 keywords (or phrases) to accompany a manuscript. Keywords may also be used to match a specific editor to a manuscript and [...]

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Apr 032014
 
Choosing the Right Journal

Selecting a suitable journal for your work increases the likelihood of publication, accelerating the dissemination of your findings and saving you time for further research. There are several guidelines that can be used to optimize journal selection, including a journal’s aims and scope, publication history, and restrictions. To learn more, please see the article “Choosing [...]

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Apr 012014
 
Editing Tip of the Week: Punctuating Quotations

Quotations can provide supporting evidence for your ideas and make your prose more engaging for your reader. To integrate this type of information into your writing, the following punctuation rules may be of help: Framing a quotation: Single and double quotation marks In American English, double quotation marks (“sentence”) are usually used to frame quotations, [...]

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Mar 282014
 
Happy Women's History Month!

March is Women’s History Month in the US, honoring women’s many contributions in numerous areas, including scholarly research. To learn more about women’s historical accomplishments, including in the sciences, please visit AJE’s new Author Resource Center to read the article “Glimmers of the Past: Remarkable Women from before the 6th Century AD.” As always, you [...]

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Mar 252014
 
Editing Tip of the Week: Plural Usage, a Key Difference Between Chinese and English

At Expert Edge, we are dedicated to helping all researchers share their work more easily. Our goal is for the language of a manuscript to be as clear as possible, letting the results and scholarship shine through. Most of our posts are aimed at any author, but it is sometimes helpful to focus on particular [...]

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Mar 182014
 
Editing Tip of the Week: "Due To" and "Because Of"

Today, we tackle two terms that can sometimes be interchanged but actually have some nuances related to their use: due to and because (of). Whereas because is a strict conjunction that only ever expresses causal logic (e.g., “for the reason that”), due to is a bit more complicated. Because due is an adjective, many grammar [...]

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Mar 122014
 
PLOS Announces New Data Sharing Policy -- What Does It Mean For Researchers?

In a process that took several weeks and an official apology, publishing powerhouse PLOS has issued a new data sharing policy. The new policy takes effect immediately for all PLOS journals, including the flagship open access megajournal PLOS ONE. You can read the full text of the policy here, and see some frequently asked questions [...]

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