Tips on Scientific Writing – Part 1

in scientific writing even though the ideas that we're trying to convey might be complex and technical that doesn't mean the language has to be complex the language should be as easy to understand as possible want to hunt down cashed out all unneeded words that might slow down our reader so I always think it's great to learn by example says this paper provides a review of the basic tenants of cancer biology study design using as examples studies that illustrate the methodological enjoy the demonstration solutions to the difficulties inherent in biological research step back from it for a minute and say well what were they trying to convey what was the idea that the authors are trying to get across so this paper provides a review of you could shorten that to this paper reviews so this is an example where we've got a verb reviews which has been turned into a noun a review so again that kind of slows down your reader and then we go on to the basic tenets of cancer biology study design so phrases like the basic tenants of they're kind of big right they don't add a lot I'm not as the reader getting much information from that phrase so try taking it out and reading the sentence without that and you'll see that you don't miss it this paper reviews cancer biology study design and then using as examples studies that illustrate so if you're reading that out loud you kind of trip over it right so examples and studies are really referring to the same thing we probably don't need both of those words and since I've already said it's cancer biology study design maybe I could just get rid of study so using examples that illustrate and then we get to methanol logic talyn's methodological another one of those sort of empty and vague words it oftentimes doesn't add much because it's so nonspecific I know I'm talking about study design so it's kind of implied that methods are going to be involved so what if I just deleted that and then we get that illustrate challenges or that demonstrates salut and you can see that illustrate challenges demonstrate solutions maybe we don't need that second demonstrate we can just say that illustrate challenges and solutions and you can kind of imagine that the author's when they were writing this they might've said oh I've already used the word illustrate I'm going to go to my sis or Asst and try to find another word that means illustrate so that I don't have to repeat the word illustrate and if you find yourself doing that you know looking for a word that means the same thing ask yourself the question as to whether you need that the second instance of the word at all a lot of times that's a good trick a good indication that you don't really need that second instance of the word so we can just say that illustrate challenges and solution and I've deleted the word successful there because if you think about it carefully successful solution a solution by definition has to be successful right you can't really have an unsuccessful solution so we don't need the word successful and then finally I'm going to delete this whole last part because difficulties is really the same things as challenges so we've we've already said that and biological research we already said this is cancer biology so I don't need to repeat any of that so we can shorten that sentence to this paper reviews cancer biology study design using examples that illustrate specific challenges and solutions

9 thoughts on “Tips on Scientific Writing – Part 1

  1. Good ideas for cutting clutter. However, we must sum them up. 1) Put the action into the verb. 2). Put the topic of the sentence into the subject.

  2. Better: 'This paper examples challenges and solutions in cancer study design.' 'example' is a verb and allows one verb in this sentence, it is probably implicit in context this is cancer biology, there is no need to hold onto 'that', the 'review' aspect is inherent in the verb 'examples' (although a qualifying adverb would be helpful), 'illustrating' is implicit in 'examples' (unless there's the incredible assumption it is a completely whole illustration)(an 'example' illustrates by definition (unless it is a poor example)(and tells us it is 'some')) … I can go on, if I'm paid. Even still, 'that illustrate' can be just a gerund like 'illustrating' – the paper would be more interesting if it could claim 'challenges and THEIR solutions' and not distinctly separate ones – and 'the' is a misnomer as I doubt such a review can include ALL challenges and solutions; but, if it could, it should say 'all' not 'the' and therefore 'examples' could be eliminated as the paper covers all challenges and solutions (This paper solves all cancer study design challenges. LOL) – wouldn't that be utopian? Since it probably doesn't, at least replace 'the' with 'some' … I could go on. Even people from ivory towers fall off their high horses.

  3. Short, too the point and with examples.

    International Journal of Computer Science and Information Security,
    IJCSIS ISSN 1947-5500, Pittsburgh, PA, USA

  4. Why should a paper be able to review something. It isn't the same to provide an information (that is just what a paper with text on it can) and to review something. Sure everybody understands it, but it is not as correct. 

  5. Thank you so much , be a perfect from the beginning is too difficult , here I gave the statistician the data the they proceed in collaboration with other member .

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