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Writing in the Sciences Coursera Course Opens Today
Posted On: Monday, October 2, 2017 - 11:57 by Jesse Akman

Enrollment opens today for Dr. Kristin Sainani's Coursera Course "Writing in the Sciences." This course teaches scientists to become more effective writers, using practical examples and exercises. Topics include: principles of good writing, tricks for writing faster and with less anxiety, the format of a scientific manuscript, peer review, grant writing, ethical issues in scientific publication, and writing for general audiences. This course is for undergraduate and graduate students; medical students; scientists; medical professionals; and science writers.

Dr. Kristin Sainani is an epidemiologist based at Stanford University. You can learn more about Dr. Sainani's work...

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Common Grammar Mistakes
Posted On: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 - 14:01 by Matthew Johnson

Bad grammar might distract readers from an otherwise good paper or make your work more difficult to read and comprehend. On the other hand, good writing may make an otherwise bad paper appear better than it is. 

Here are some explanations for a few common mistakes in scientific writing: 

    • Incorrectly writing units or incorrectly using hyphens
      • Use hyphens with adjectives. My camera has a 24-mm lens, but the lens is 24 mm
      • Remember to put a space between the number and unit if there isn't a hyphen.
      • The not-so-simple instructions were not so helpful. 
      • Here's more from ...
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Tags: grammar, scientific writing, writing, writing support