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Tips to Write a Good Rebuttal Letter

A well-drafted rebuttal letter helps convince referees and editors that your paper is good and that it could be reconsidered for publication. Often, it is your last opportunity to…

Results vs Discussion

An original research article typically comprises the following: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion (IMRAD). However, guidelines may differ across journals. Some…

Top 10 Handy E-Tools for Researchers

As a researcher, are you busy meeting deadlines, multi-tasking, updating yourself with advances in your field, networking with peers, and bogged down with dozens of other related…

Tips for Handling Galley Proofs

Reviewing “galley proof” involves the final proofreading of accepted manuscripts by authors prior to journal publication. Scrutinizing galley proofs carefully ensures error-free…

How to Use Units Correctly

Most research articles need units. When it comes to scientific writing, style guides ask authors to use unit symbols and discourage them from spelling out the actual unit (e.g., m…

First Person vs. Third Person

Not being able to write in third person is a common pain point among authors. In academic writing, generally third person is preferred over first person. Sentences…

Who vs. Whom

Researchers often get confused between the usage of “who” and “whom.” Both are pronouns but have slightly different meanings. “Who” is generally used for the subject, while…