Category: SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL ARTICLES

VISUAL STRATEGY IN SCIENTIFIC WRITING

Are you using a well thought out visual strategy in your scientific papers and your research grant applications? Setting out your key concepts, results or forward plans in high impact figures, schematics and diagrams should be a major consideration when you are drafting those important papers. Your readers will be

ARE YOU WRITING FOR YOUR AUDIENCE?

When writing journal articles, research reports, grant applications, your CV, or a summary of your research interests for your personal webpage, are you really taking into account the audience that you are writing for? Before you start writing, ask yourself these questions: 1. Who exactly will be reading this? 2.

PAGE LIMITS AND YOUR RESEARCH GRANT APPLICATION

Research grant applications always come with a page- or word limit. Do you have trouble fitting everything in? What do you do when your (almost final) draft is a few pages over the limit? How do you cut the text in the document back to the required page limit? Here

REVIEWERS’ COMMENTS ARE LIKE GOLD – MAKE SURE YOU CAPTURE ALL OF THE VALUE

When receiving critical feedback from reviewers on your research grant application, make sure that you value the feedback for all that it is worth. Criticism can sting, and often the first reaction may be to reject it outright. Your rationalization might be that they ‘haven’t understood’, were ‘unfairly critical’, or

ARE YOU ACCURATELY PRESENTING WHO YOU ARE?

When developing your next grant application, or presentation keep asking yourself, ‘Is this an accurate presentation of who you are as a researcher?’ At all times, be factual about who you are, what you do, and what you want to achieve. Do not overstate things. If you do, chances are

MAKE SURE YOU GET THE ABSTRACT RIGHT

Grant applications, research articles, science reviews, conference presentations: they all need an abstract. Getting that abstract right is extremely important – it should be a summary of all the key points. But it can’t be a grab of some key paragraphs from the main article, or written as an afterthought:

A CAREFULLY CHOSEN TITLE CAPTURES THE ESSENCE OF WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY

It pays to think carefully about the title of your grant application, scientific article or presentation. When a title captures the essence of what you have to say, the reader will (1) have a clear idea of what to expect; (2) feel re-assured when the contents lines up with the

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