Improper comma use is one of the most common grammatical errors in scientific writing, likely due to the prevailing thought that commas must be placed where the speaker would naturally pause in a sentence. However, did you know there are objective RULES for where to place commas that don’t rely on an individual’s personal preference […]
Grant deadlines, amiright?! Just like the holidays, cucumbers (if you’re a cat), and your morning alarm, these things really have a habit of sneaking up on you. Submission deadlines for NSF fellowships and NIH F and K series grants are all within the next 3 months. And it’s already stressful balancing all the demands of […]
Science does involve a fair amount of analysis but often not of grammar rules. Technical writing is plagued by incorrect subject-verb agreement, and you want your data, not your confusing sentences, to stand out! After a brief lesson on sentence structure and a few simple rules, you’ll be back to focusing on data analysis and less on grammar!
Most of us use conjunctive adverbs all the time without thinking about it, but the poor things are often mistreated. In just two minutes, I will show you how to use these babies with style…
On July 27th InPrint will be hosting a Writers Café! …Or should it be Writer’s café? Wait, maybe Writers’ café…or Writers’s café? I just started this blog post and I’m already stuck. Staring at my computer for 45 minutes has done nothing but cultivate my newfound hatred of apostrophes. Too bad ‘The InPrint Café for […]
Picture this. A grant reviewer or journal editor is reading through your submission when all of a sudden they find themselves in a word maze. The sentence they just read is so long and complicated that they have no idea how what they’re reading relates to anything. They sigh, shake their head, and toss your […]
InPrint is excited to announce the launch of our new blog! Our editors will post writing tips, editing advice, schema design ideas, career insights and more. We are excited to share our thoughts with you on a regular basis and hope that our ideas encourage scientists at Washington University to pursue excellence in communication. Stay tuned for monthly blog posts! And as always, consider us the next time you are suffering through writing that manuscript or grant proposal!