One-Minute Writing Improvements: Energize Your Words with Active Voice

Rebecca Helton, MA

Sentence after sentence in passive voice is wordy, invites errors such as dangling modifiers, and grates on readers' nerves.

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Knock Your Next Grant Out of the Park

The Edge for Scholars

Write more persuasive grants that earn better scores, starting November 18.

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Reviewers & Editors Share the Secret Sauce

Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD

Publishing Your Medical Research has a secret sauce - data from reviewers and editors.

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Knock Your Next Grant Out of the Park

The Edge for Scholars

Write more persuasive grants that earn better scores.

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Creed: Taking a Beating

Katherine Hartmann, MD, PhD

Getting out of the ring too early is the most common cause of death of scientific ideas. Fight on.

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One-Minute Writing Tuneup: Don't Dangle Your Modifiers Off a Cliff

Rebecca Helton, MA

A "dangling modifier" has nothing in the sentence to modify, or appears to modify something the author doesn't intend it to.

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You MUST Read Dreyer's English

Julia Phillippi, PhD

If Strunk and White is a subtle and respectable Merlot, Dreyer’s English is a Cosmopolitan: light, witty, and slightly pink. Reading this style guide is like going to party with your snarky friend to critique everyone from the bar. Dreyer makes you feel like part of the in-crowd, while schooling you on proper writing style. […]

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One-Minute Writing Tuneup: Comprise vs. Compose

Rebecca Helton, MA

“Comprised of” should never exist in formal writing.

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One-Minute Writing Tuneup: Correcting Comparisons

Rebecca Helton, MA

Using "compared to" in place of "than" inevitably leads you to compare the wrong things.

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Publishing Null Results

Behavioral Scientist

Nearly every scientist has felt the frustration of pouring effort, money and (sometimes) tears into a project only to get null results. The elusive p<0.05 decides whether results get published or not–the oft-mentioned file drawer problem. Others have explained better than I can why this is a problem. Rather, I’d like to contribute some tips […]

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