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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 may not take the time to read it (or cite it later). Not only does writing well help others understand what you’ve done, it will also help you to better understand your own work.

Science is complex, but the writing used to describe it need not be. Good writing is simple writing.

High-quality, simple writing:

  • Increases the chances of acceptance for publication
  • Increases the impact of a manuscript in the research community
  • Accelerates understanding and acceptance of the research
  • Increases the faith of readers in the quality of the research

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

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