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At least two-thirds of published scientific papers are written by researchers whose first language is not English
20% of the comments referees make when reviewing papers for possible publication in international journals regard English language issues
In some disciplines, acceptance rate by journals of papers originating from the US/UK is 30.4%, and is higher than all other countries
Publishing your research in an international journal is key to your success in academia. This guide is based on a study of referees' reports and letters from journal editors on reasons why papers written by non-native researchers are rejected due to problems with English usage. It draws on English-related errors from around 5000 papers written by non-native authors, 500 abstracts by PhD students, and over 1000 hours of teaching researchers how to write and present research papers.
With easy-to-follow rules and tips, and with examples taken from published and unpublished papers, you will learn how to:
prepare and structure a manuscript
increase readability and reduce the number of mistakes you make in English by writing concisely, with no redundancy and no ambiguity
plan and organize your paper, and structure each paragraph and each sentence so that the reader can easily follow the logical build-up towards various conclusions
write a title and an abstract that will attract attention and be read
decide what to include in the various parts of the paper (Introduction, Methodology, Discussion etc)
select from over 700 useful phrases
highlight your claims and contribution
avoid plagiarism and make it 100% clear whether you are referring to your own work or someone else’s
choose the correct tenses and style (active or passive)
Other books in the series:
English for Presentations at International Conferences
English for Academic Correspondence and Socializing
English for Research: Usage, Style, and Grammar
English for Academic Research: Grammar / Vocabulary / Writing Exercises
Adrian Wallwork is the author of more than 20 ELT and EAP textbooks. He has trained several thousand PhD students and academics from 35 countries to prepare and give presentations. Since 1984 he has been revising research papers, and in 2009 he set up englishforacademics.com – a proofreading and editing service specifically for researchers.