Why is good writing important?

Good writing is writing that clearly communicates your research. Scientists are busy people, so if your manuscript is poorly written and difficult to understand, they might not take the time to read it (or cite it later). Writing well helps others understand the work you’ve done and helps strengthen your own comprehension of your research.

High-quality writing has the following benefits:

• increases the chances of acceptance for publication
• increases the impact of a manuscript within the research community
• accelerates understanding and acceptance of the research
• increases the faith of readers in the quality of the research

Poorly written manuscripts annoy journal editors, peer reviewers and readers, and hinder their understanding of complex scientific concepts.