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Title: Scientific Research Paper Writing Tips

How to Write your Scientific Research Paper
Scientific Paper Writing
Research Paper Writing
  • You spend months and years on your research.
    However, for writing your research paper, it need
    not be lengthy.
  • Most journals recommend a word count limit for
    their research papers. But, authors find it
    difficult to write concisely and conform to a
    word count limit. Thats because they usually
    have so much to say.  
  • Conforming to the journal requirements, however,
    is important to avoid getting rejected. You must
    write concisely when drafting your manuscript
    and proofread it critically to identify any text
    for shortening.

Tips to Write your Research Paper Concisely.
1) Look for the sentences that begin with there
is a previous study on, it has been reported
that, and similar phrases.
Example Original It has been reported that the
gingerols dehydrate faster under acidic
conditions than at an alkaline pH (Surh and Lee,
1994) (17 words) Revised The gingerols
dehydrate faster under acidic conditions than at
an alkaline pH (Surh and Lee, 1994) (12 words)
2) Quote the product names in the sentences
within parentheses to shorten them
Example Original They measured the samples on
the ABC graduated cylinder to determine their
volume. (13 words) Revised They measured the
samples to determine their volume (ABC graduated
cylinder) (8 words)
3) Use of a noun instead of a verb makes the
sentence lengthy. So, search these and correct
Example Original A diagnosis of hypertension
was made on the basis of the findings. (12
words) Revised   Hypertension was diagnosed
based on the findings. (7 words)
4) In the results section, do not state
individual values for groups or for statistical
significance. Place the values in parentheses.
Example Original The calcium level was 10 mg/dl
in Group A, while it was 8 mg/dl in Group B, the
difference being statistically significant (p lt
0.05). (25 words) Revised The difference in the
calcium level between groups A and B was
significant (10 mg vs. 5 mg, p lt 0.05). (21
5) Eliminate the sentences containing basic
information obvious to the readers. Check for any
such statements at the beginning of the
introduction and discussion. For example, for
writing a study about AIDS, an introductory
statement like AIDS is a life-threatening
disease is obvious and should be avoided.
6) Replace all wordy phrases with less wordy
  • Example
  • A number of    several
  • As a result    therefore
  • On the other hand    while
  • As a consequence of   owing to

7) Eliminate repeated verbs in a sentence by
using elliptical constructions.
Example Original Group A was given paracetamol,
Group B was given crocin, and Group C was given
nimesulide. (16 words) Revised Group A was
given paracetamol Group B crocin and Group C
nimesulide (12 words)
8) Use hyphenated terms wherever possible.
Example Original The girl was so obsessed with
herself that she could not bear it (13
words) Revised The girl was self-obsessed and
could not bear it. (9 words)
9) Use active voice instead of passive to reduce
the word count as far as possible.
Example Original Written notice was given by
all doctors. (7 words) Revised  All doctors
gave a written notice (6 words)
10) Avoid possessive sentence constructions using
Example Original Patients of Group A were
followed up for 6 months, and those of Group B
for 12 months. (18 words) Revised  Group A
patients were followed up for 6 months and Group
B patients for 12 months. (15 words)
  • These guidelines will help you reduce the length
    of your manuscript without altering the content
    and also enhance its readability.
  • It takes time, efforts, and several passes of the
    manuscript to identify such areas of conciseness.
  • Fortunately, you can always take the help
    of scientific writing services and make your
    manuscript concise and publication-ready.

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