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Tips for Science and Medical Writers in the PH
Transcript of Tips for Science and Medical Writers in the PH
2. Use the active voice.
Tips for Science and Medical Writers in the Philippines
... the active voice is actually required by scientific journals and publications.
See this excerpt from Nature's style guide:
It forces you to
take responsibility for your research
viz. "We did the research in the span of one year."
Use them to make your research more active, more readable and easier to remember.
3. Try these grammar
Parallelisms in word or phrase structures can help readers follow and group your ideas better; i.e. use all noun phrases, all verb phrases, or all adjectival phrases in a list or a set of examples.
The rule of Three suggests that examples and sections of content that come in threes are funnier, more satisfying and more memorable.
The verb forms of nouns can show how one phase moves to the next. Compare these two examples:
"The panel projected sea levels would rise between 26 and 82 cm by 2100." ( Agence France Presse, 2011)
The panel made a projection that sea levels would rise between 26 and 82 cm by 2100.
Whether you're a doctor, a physicist, or a member of a pharmaceutical company, these writing tips will help you communicate your research and findings more clearly and so that readers will act on your suggestions to prevent or treat illness.
It is also engages the reader better.
1. Use an inverse pyramid structure.
Once you've done your research, outline your ideas from the most important to the least.
Start with your conclusion and work your way down to the supporting ideas.
This goes against
the scientific method of
moving from inference
to conclusion, but...
this way, readers can
to your main point.
These punctuation marks can help you make your sentences less repetitive.
1. Use two hyphens - to insert an important detail - to a sentence.
2. Use two parentheses (to insert an unimportant yet interesting detail) to a sentence.
3. Use a colon to signify the beginning of a list of examples like: case studies, research findings and test results
4. Use a semicolon to act as a super comma; use it to signify that sentences or independent clauses are related.
5. Use an em dash to emphasize a fact at the end of a sentence like how helpful something is -- very.
6. Use "that" for essential details and ", which" for details that readers can gloss over.
You research and findings improve the nation's quality of life, so go write!