How To Master Style And English Word Usage For Scientific Writing?

What will you learn?

  1. How to articulate and communicate better with precise language
  2. How to select the right words and style for research writing
  3. Accepted use of abbreviations and acronyms in your research paper
  4. How to identify and avoid superfluous words in your manuscript
  5. The correct usage of confusing word pairs in English
  6. Commonly misused adjectives, nouns, verb, and prepositions


Course Description

Scientific writing is all about clarity and precision. Using the right vocabulary and style are key to create a well-crafted scientific manuscript that correctly conveys the intended meaning to your audience. However, English comes with rules that can confuse even those well-acquainted with the language.

Through this well-paced program, you will discover the universally accepted standards of writing in English, and will also be able to identify and fix the commonly misused words in scientific writing. The lessons include detailed explanations on grammar, style and language, with detailed examples to help you understand the nuances, and quick tests to check your understanding. By the end of this course, you will be able to eliminate word-choice errors in your scientific writing and create a publishing-worthy manuscript.


What topics will you cover?

  1. Introduction
  2. Objectives of the course
  3. Why is English confusing?
  4. Impact of word choice
  5. Word choice and usage
  6. Commonly misused nouns
  7. Commonly misused adjectives
  8. Commonly misused verbs
  9. Commonly misused verbs (continued)
  10. Commonly misused prepositions
  11. Commonly misused words for comparison
  12. How to use that/which
  13. Superfluous words: Tautology
  14. Superfluous words: Pleonasms
  15. Imprecise words, verbs and phrases
  16. Abbreviations and acronyms
  17. Summary and conclusion
  18. Check your understanding


Course Narrator:

Dr. Christina Cho, Cancer Biologist; Freelance scientific and medical writer

Christina Cho, PhD is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, and is investigating the molecular mechanisms driving the development and progression of colorectal and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinomas. She’s spent the last ten years working in academic research, developing a range of skills that will help her lead a research laboratory. Her skills include the ability to independently develop and execute experiments, lead research projects, teach and train junior postdocs and students, write manuscripts and grants, and give oral presentations in both intramural and extramural conferences.


Your Instructor


R Upskill
R Upskill

Part of Cactus Communications’ R ecosystem of tools and solutions for researchers, R Upskill is a learning platform that comprises of the largest collection of researcher-focused programs, developed by top academic experts. Learn anytime, anywhere with bite-sized online programs on research writing, journal publication, career development, science communication, funding, researcher wellness, and more. Our multi-format programs come with expert advice, practical examples, and a certificate on course completion, which allow researchers to apply what they’ve learnt to excel in real-world scenarios. Trusted by top academic institutions, and over 15,000 researchers, R Upskill empowers researchers to master new skills on the path to all-round researcher success.


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