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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?

Lecture 1: Introduction

Lecture 2: Objectives of the course

Lecture 3: Why is English confusing?

Lecture 4: Impact of word choice

Lecture 5: Word choice and usage

Lecture 6: Commonly misused nouns

Lecture 7: Commonly misused adjectives

Lecture 8: Commonly misused verbs

Lecture 9: Commonly misused verbs (continued)

Lecture 10: Commonly misused prepositions

Lecture 11: Commonly misused words for comparison

Lecture 12: How to use that/which

Lecture 13: Superfluous words: Tautology

Lecture 14: Superfluous words: Pleonasms

Lecture 15: Imprecise words, verbs and phrases

Lecture 16: Abbreviations and acronyms

Lecture 17: Summary and conclusion


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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.


Course Curriculum


  How to master style and English word usage for scientific writing
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