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Newsletter #2

March-April 2011



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TIPS and TOOLS for success in scientific publishing


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Avoid long sentences  Sometimes authors struggle to present their ideas, resulting in text that is difficult for readers to process and understand. Don't be afraid to break up a long sentence into two shorter ones, making sure the shorter sentences are readable and clear.

Alternatively, you can use the semicolon (;) to break up a long sentence into separate sentences that have connected meaning. For instance, "The man published his book at a time when only a few others were available on the topic; the first edition sold out within days and since then there have been ten further reprints." Remember that text on both sides must be complete grammatical sentences.

Ensure or Insure?  Ensure means to make certain (or make sure) that something will happen or be. For instance, "We want to ensure that the instrument works," or "The company wants to ensure that standards are maintained." Insure means to make payment to a company in exchange for compensation against damage or loss to property, life or a person. For example, "The company is going to insure me to drive my car" or "You should be sure to insure yourself when buying a home."

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Fighting plagiarism  A new software tool called iThenticate has been launched by iParadigms to help authors and researchers understand and avoid plagiarism. Plagiarism is where authors use text, illustrations, ideas etc., from another source and claim it as their own work. The new service, iThenticate, allows users to compare text against other content in the iParadigms database and online. The software enables people to see whether their work has been copied by anyone else, or even if their own work copies someone else's. To find out more visit
* CrossCheck, another well-known plagiarism checking tool which we mentioned in last month's newsletter, is powered by iThenticate. (Newsletter #1).


IDs for scholars  An initiative to create a central registry of unique author IDs has been launched. Currently, there is confusion in journals and other publications about how to correctly write the names of authors from different parts of the world. ORCID (the Open Researcher and Contributor ID non-profit organization) hopes to deal with this problem by assigning unique IDs to authors and researchers and then creating a link between ORCID and other author ID schemes.


(Source: The ALPSP Alert)





Did you know that most teachers of science writing strongly suggest that scientists who want to improve their writing need to read more often and in a wider variety of fields? 

Reading good writing in the sciences or other fields helps authors by exposing them to text that uses clear sentence structures and that explains complex ideas in an understandable fashion.

Did you know that many researchers organize a journal club in the work place, designating a time every few weeks where scientists can meet to discuss and critique assigned articles they've read? 

Many participants in journal clubs feel the meetings not only help develop their critical thinking skills, but can also help with science writing and editing. To start a Journal Club:

1. Identify a leader who is well organized and enthusiastic about getting a club started.
2. Identify goals of the club and circulate to all potential members for comment.
3. Set up a convenient time and place for the meetings.
4. Create an email distribution list so the leader can easily distribute articles to be read.
5. Schedule club meetings at intervals that allow members plenty of time to read materials for the next meeting.

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