Scholarly Articles: Only for the Sophisticated?

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Obscure scholarly writing by university professors was and is an important problem. Academics hide behind the idea that unintelligible sentences indicate a clever mind. In everyday life, when we cannot understand what someone has said, this is the usual exchange: Listener:                        I cannot understand what you are saying. Speaker: […]

Your Research Paper’s Microstructure

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Here are seven linguistics tips regarding the microstructure of your research paper. Follow these basics and turn each paragraph into a logical and coherent text that will invite readers to explore your paper.   Make your paragraphs microstructure coherent and sequential by: Adding a clear topic sentence to each paragraph. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Academic Writer’s Block

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Do you find yourself staring at your computer, your brain numb and a headache coming on? Those ideas you had a few days ago, are they mere ghosts images now? Is your inspiration running dry? Are you supposed to be writing, but you feel worse than just tired? It’s known […]