Using proper manuscript language


About this module

Poor use of language can delay, or even prevent, a manuscript from being published. If editors and reviewers can’t understand the English, then they can’t grasp the full impact or message of your work. Even though your findings may break new ground, poor language quality could mean you don’t get the recognition you deserve.

This interactive module contains helpful advice for those starting out on their publishing career. We explain where the responsibility for tidying up the language lies and suggest where you can find support to improve it. We also examine the elements required to ensure your paper is clear and concise, and include a short guide to sentence construction and the use of tenses, and some important points about grammar.

You will come away with a clear understanding of why it is so important to get the language right and the skills to review and improve your manuscript.

About the presenter

Anthony Newman

Senior Publisher, Life Sciences, Elsevier

As a scientific publisher, Anthony Newman is managing and developing more than a dozen journals to make them better vehicles for authors' publications. Previous positions in marketing have helped to always look for the win-win in all relationships and dealings. Anthony gives author workshops at institutes across the world bringing him in touch with many researchers and he has a great understanding of their challenges in getting published. His goal is always geared towards helping people better help themselves in whatever they do.