Tips For Writing

The writing challenges PhD students face

Beautiful young caucasian student sitting at table with computer looking at camera smiling. Young university students researching information on computer for their studies.Writing your PhD thesis – which is likely to be the single biggest piece of written work you’ve done – presents many challenges. When you’re in the midst of a long academic paper, surrounded by people with opinions and feedback and under pressure to publish, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But don’t lose hope! Here … Read the full story

Bad vs. good abstract

Girl with blank diary and pen sitting on wooden benchWhen people search through articles on ScienceDirect, they may look at the table of contents of a journal or use the search function to find relevant articles. The title should tell them whether the article could be of interest, but to find out more they have to click through to see the abstract. As an … Read the full story

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