Common mistakes: apostrophe use

apostrophe misuseApostrophe use differs depending on the language. In Dutch, for example, apostrophes are used for plurals: taxi’s, baby’s, pizza’s. But in English, the apostrophes in these words would indicate possession: the taxi’s light, the baby’s blanket, the pizza’s toppings. Misused apostrophes can make your writing look sloppy – something you definitely don’t want it to … Read the full story

Grammar rules

iStock_000088400755_SmallIf a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Have you noticed that “overlook” and “oversee” have opposite meanings, but “look” and “see” mean the same thing? English is often considered one of the most difficult languages to learn. One reason for this could be some of the tricky grammar rules (or, rather, exceptions … Read the full story

Sharing a passion for science

crosstalk_wordmarkHow Cell Press’s CrossTalk connects people to the publisher For people who want to ask the Editor-in-Chief of Cell a question, geek out about octopuses and other sciencey things, or get a behind-the-scenes look at how one of the world’s biggest science journals runs, Cell Press’s official blog CrossTalk is the place to go. Written … Read the full story

The sentence not to start your paper with

HiResThe first sentence is vital in any piece of writing, including academic writing. It’s one of the first things a reader will see and it gives them a lasting first impression of your paper. It needs to draw the reader in and show them how important, interesting and relevant your research is. Think about some … Read the full story

National trends in word use

World - BlackboardAcademic publishing today is largely in English (about 80%, according to some estimates) but researchers are certainly not exclusively English speaking; much of the literature is written by non-native English speakers. A person’s native language can have an effect on the way they write and the words they use to express their points in English, … Read the full story

The magic behind scientific illustration

collage-1Interview with M.V. Bhaskar, Chief Illustrations Advisor for Elsevier Illustrations can bring your paper to life, often showing concepts you want to express more vividly than using words alone. But we’re not all gifted artists, and sometimes we need a helping hand. Researchers often look to illustration services, such as those provided by Elsevier’s WebShop, … Read the full story