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Title: Scientific Editing Tips

10 Common Errors you should Look for while
Editing your Scientific Manuscript
Scientific Manuscript Editing
  • Writing, whether scientific or otherwise, cant
    be devoid of errors. However expert you may be,
    you tend to make mistakes while writing your
    document. And thats why scientific
    editing becomes necessary.
  • Like every process, scientific editing too has a
    strategy A strategy on what errors to look for
    while editing the scientific manuscript.

Here are the 10 common errors you should look for
while editing your scientific document.
1) Check for spelling mistakes
  • You may be a language pro, yet it is surprising
    to find many spelling mistakes in your
    manuscript. To make your work easier
  • Use the spell check feature of the Word file and
    make sure it is applied to all of the text in the
  • Choose the correct language for your manuscript
    (US/UK English) before you begin writing.

2) Length of your sentences
  • Long sentences that continue to ramble and keep
    talking frustrate the readers. They get bored,
    confused, and just quit.
  • In such a case, your written message wont be
    communicated effectively or understood by the
    person reading the page.

3) Check the text on the graphs
  • Many manuscripts contain graphs with a tiny text.
    When you are not able to read it clearly, how
    will the readers? And they will receive a printed
    copy of your manuscript.
  • Nobody wants to use a lens to read the text. So,
    make sure the headings and other text on the
    graphs are big enough to read with a normal eye.

4) The names of the group
  • When you name your groups and treatments, keep
    them as close to the original treatments as
    possible without using abbreviations.
  • This makes it easier for the readers who dont
    have to translate your results and figures.

5) The size, text, and alignment of the table
This gets easier if you use the Table feature of
your Words file rather than laying out the text
using space bar. 
6) Number of values after the decimal point
If you measure all the values to the same level
of accuracy, report them as 42.35 m, 46.90 m and
22.00 m instead of 42.35 m, 46.9 m, and 22 m
7) References to other sections of the paper
Provide the specific location, section number, or
page/line number while referring to the other
sections of your paper.
8) All abbreviations are well defined
In general, you should define all the
abbreviations at first use in the abstract and
the main paper even if they are standard
9) Format of the units
Units are always written in the singular form,
for example, mL, cm, mM (not mLs, cms, mMs).
10) Consistency
Be it the language, spellings, or values, its
important to be consistent in their use.
Scientific editing of your manuscript ensures you
have maintained this consistency.
  • These all seem like minor errors which wont
    affect the meaning of the text. In fact, many
    readers wont even notice them.
  • However, if you check for these errors in
    your scientific paper editing, it will make your
    writing more professional, and the readers will
    enjoy your manuscript.

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