Weekly Research Tips

Dissertation/Thesis vs. Journal Article

Writing a dissertation or thesis differs from writing for a journal. A dissertation or thesis is more detailed. Not everything from it should appear in a journal.

Published date: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 13:16
Using Adjectives

Do not “color” your results with adjectives such as “striking”, “interesting”, “excellent”, and so on. The truth is that if your results are “striking”, your readers will know.

Published date: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 13:14
Author Guidelines

Journals' author guidelines sometimes tell authors to consult specific style guide or manuals ––books that provide advice on writing in a particular field. Consult such guides, especially when the author guidelines do not answer all your questions. 

Published date: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 13:13
Identify Active Researchers

Cultivate the habit of identifying active researchers in your field and preparing a list of such researchers. If you can initiate interactions with them, that will be great. You may learn a lot from them. In addition, these researchers may be potential reviewers of our papers.

Published date: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 12:56
Use simple words

Use simple words that your audience can understand. Do not use "big" words like others who think that doing so shows one's mastery of the English language.

Published date: Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 12:53
Before Submitting a Paper

Before submitting your paper to a journal, have someone else read it. But first make sure you have seen a printed copy and edited it. Never trust your eyes on a computer screen.

Published date: Tuesday, January 16, 2018 - 12:01
Using Photographs

Effective photographs can be worth a thousand words of type. But before publishing a photograph for which you do not hold copyright, be sure to obtain permission from the copyright owner. 

Published date: Friday, October 6, 2017 - 11:21
Review by Another

When giving your draft to someone to edit, let the person know what level of editing (light, medium, or heavy) you want. Specifying the level of editing may help you get the most useful feedback.

Published date: Friday, October 6, 2017 - 11:10
Reviewing Own Work

When you write an assignment or a research paper, cool off before you review it. Leaving the paper for some time may help you identify potential mistakes you did not see earlier.

Published date: Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 16:40
Finding Similar Articles

If you want to know whether others have published a similar article you are planning to write, consider using some keywords of your proposed title to search for those articles. Doing so may help you identify gaps in the literature on your topic.

Published date: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 12:16