Language Editing

Bad vs. good abstract

When 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 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

If 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

National trends in word use

Academic 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