A student guide to proofreading and writing in science

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Abstract

Scientific writing requires a distinct style and tone, whether the writing is intended for an undergraduate assignment or publication in a peer-reviewed journal. From the first to the final draft, scientific writing is an iterative process requiring practice, substantial feedback from peers and instructors, and comprehensive proofreading on the part of the writer. Teaching writing or proofreading is not common in university settings. Here, we present a collection of common undergraduate student writing mistakes and put forth suggestions for corrections as a first step toward proofreading and enhancing readability in subsequent draft versions. Additionally, we propose specific strategies pertaining to word choice, structure, and approach to make products more fluid and focused for an appropriate target audience.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)324-331
Number of pages8
JournalAdvances in physiology education
Volume41
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017

Keywords

  • Pedagogy
  • Undergraduate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Physiology

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