Citing Sources and Listing References

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For some, citing and referencing can be the most painstaking part of a paper. In particular if you first worked on your literature review prior to your findings section. Remember what your professors told you? A correct and full list of sources, both in your text and in your reference […]

Research Abstracts Can Be Cool!

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A research abstract is important. It’s often the only section of an article an uncommitted reader might look at. An abstract is not merely a pro forma section that you ‘have to’ start your paper with. So make your abstract anything but “abstract” – make it look cool. My co-authors […]

Academic Plagiarism

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When we collect sources and research literature for our manuscript, we are supposed to make a full list of references for the sake of academic honesty. When we don’t refer to our sources correctly, academic plagiarism looms. Even if we are not intentionally copying, carelessness might result in plagiarism. What […]

Academic Publications: Do’s and Don’ts

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Have you written a research manuscript but wonder what to do next? Do you want to stand a better chance of getting your paper published? Read on! I will unravel a few vital publishing secrets that might make things less confusing for you.   DO Get a Preview of your […]

Precise Academic Wording

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Ordinary writing is an informal writing style based on the more relaxed language of everyday communication. It’s probably the way you write emails and social media messages. I use a colloquial writing style in this blog: I virtually write as I would speak to you. In contrast, academic writing style […]

APA vs. MLA: Choices and Differences

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Why can’t all academic disciplines just hammer out one style that fits all needs? It’s an attractive idea, but an impractical one. Notwithstanding the current APA dominance, quite some journals still prescribe MLA style. This is mainly because of the Humanities field and involves mostly literary journals. Your academic field […]

Presenting a Conference Paper

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Writing research presentations can be painstaking. Presenting a conference paper to talk about your research in English can be scary. Trying to fit your full paper into a 20-minute session? You might run overtime, which is trying on your audience. Are your listeners are of mixed-language background? They may not […]

Journal Response: The Peer Review Process

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After you’ve sent your paper of your choice, you will (within a few days) receive an email to confirm your submission. If the editor considers that your paper is not within the journal’s scope, it will be rejected straight away. In this case you can expect an answer within two […]