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Words to avoid in academic writing

9th June 2020 blog

Cheat sheet No time to read? Here’s the short version: Academic writing is comparatively formal. To improve the tone of your paper, avoid the following expressions:   Category Common Examples Avoid ... informal expressions good/bad, big/small, sort of/kind of vague expressions a lot, a couple of, thing, stuff exaggerations always/never,…

Abbreviations in academic writing

9th June 2020 blog

Cheat sheet No time to read? Here’s the short version: Avoid contractions like won’t, can’t, they’re, it’s. The first time you mention a phrase that can be abbreviated, spell it out in full and provide the abbreviation in parentheses. Use only the abbreviation thereafter. Only abbreviate phrases that occur three…

A Warning on Scam Websites Offering “Proofreading Services”

21st February 2019 blog

We often have people coming to us for help after being either outright scammed or extremely disappointed with the service they received from another proofreading and editing service provider. Quite simply, there are a number of "proofreading service" websites online that are either outright stealing people's money or are ripping…

Academic Journal Editorial Decision Making (An Overview)

21st February 2019 blog

If you have ever submitted a manuscript to an academic journal you will, no doubt, have wondered what happens to it once it arrives on the editor's desk, and the decision making process behind whether or not they choose to publish your work. In this article, we are going to…