This podcast describes how to write a clear, concise, complete, and accurate summary of the contents of your paper, and it offers 10 additional tips to increase your chances of publication. A research abstract is extremely important for two reasons: first, it is the only part of a paper that most people will read; second, it may be your best chance to convince a journal editor that your work is a good fit for the journal and that your findings are sufficiently important to send your paper out for peer review.
Authors are always asking how they can increase their publication rate. Even with both well-conducted research and a well-written paper, your manuscript can be returned to you by the journal editor without ever being sent out for peer review. Why? Because it failed the journal’s precheck steps. Here are 4 tips to ensure that your paper passes the journal’s prechecks and moves on to the peer review stage.
This podcast explains where (and why) to use the past or the present tense (or the present perfect tense) of verbs in each part of a research paper. For example, should the Results section always be in the past tense? Which verb tense is correct for Figure Legends or Subheadings? Did you know that verb tenses can change within the same sentence? Even native-English authors of medical and science papers get the answers to these questions wrong!中文
When do you use indefinite articles, and which one do you use? There are two indefinite articles in English: “a” and “an.” The word indefinite as related to grammar means something that has not been identified, is generic, or is an unfamiliar person or thing. You use an indefinite article when (1) you are introducing new information, (2) the reader does not know exactly which noun you are referring to, or (3) the noun is not unique.中文
There are 3 articles in English: a, an, and the. Articles are used before nouns to give context to that noun, meaning articles tell the reader how the noun is being used. But do all nouns in English have an article in front of them? Which of the three articles should be used before a noun, and when should they be used? This and the next podcast in this series will help you to understand this tricky subject.中文