By Charlesworth Author Services on 24 November, 2021

Academic Writing Tips: How to use commas and semicolons

In academic writing, sentences can easily become long and difficult to read. This article offers an explanation for how commas and semicolons can be used to break up and clarify your writing.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 24 November, 2021

Academic Writing Tips: How to construct and write paragraphs

After sentences, paragraphs are the next level at which a piece of text is broken up. This article explains and illustrates how paragraphs can be used to help convey your ideas more clearly.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 07 December, 2021

How to write the limitations of your research

An important part of writing up your research into a paper or dissertation involves being open and honest about what you think you could have done better, or what you would do differently if you were to repeat the experiment. This article offers some advice for deciding which limitations to include and how to frame them in your writing.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 07 December, 2021

Useful apps to help support your research work

The key to using apps to support your research is in making sure that the apps you choose to use actually benefit you, rather than distract you. Here are some examples to help you use apps more efficiently and productively for your research.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 07 December, 2021

Bridging the gap: Skills needed for multidisciplinary research

It has become more important than ever to work with colleagues from adjacent, and sometimes, completely different fields to tackle pressing issues. In this article, we discuss how to approach working in this way and also the skills (especially soft skills) needed to extract the most value from inter- and multidisciplinary research collaborations.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 08 December, 2021

Practical ways to expand your vocabulary for academic writing

Academic writing is not only about technical words or jargon but many other words that help you to convey your thoughts. How do you expand your vocabulary? This article provides some practical ways to do so.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 10 December, 2021

Difference between errata and addenda and how to handle them

Errors can affect the scientific rigour of a paper and the publication record of the author. There may also be times when a vital piece of information comes in just after your paper is published. As a researcher, you must know how such errors (errata) or missing details (addenda) are dealt with in academic publishing. 

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 10 December, 2021

Self-retraction and how it can impact your research career

Retractions are usually the result of concerns raised by editors or readers. When authors request the retraction of their own work, it is called a self-retraction. 

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 10 December, 2021

Deciding between a quantitative design and a qualitative design for your study

Choosing whether you will carry out a quantitative or a qualitative research project is one of the questions that many early career researchers (ECRs) struggle with the most. This article will help you to work out which approach you should use for your project.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 10 December, 2021

How to design a quantitative research study

Beginning the design of a quantitative research project can feel like stepping foot into a maze. Due to the potential complexity of designing a study like this, knowing which first step to take can be confusing. To help make it easier for you, we’ve split up the decision making into several distinct points that you can address separately.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 13 December, 2021

How to design a qualitative research study

Creating a qualitative research project can feel overwhelming. However, by breaking the process down into simple questions, you will find that you’re ready to start collecting data sooner than you think. This article offers a series of questions that you can use as a guide to design your qualitative research project. 

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 15 December, 2021

Difference between methodology and method

While methodology and method are sometimes used interchangeably, they certainly are not. This article explains the difference.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 15 December, 2021

Difference between dissertation and thesis

Chances are that you and other early career researchers (ECRs) have been using ‘dissertation’ and ‘thesis’ interchangeably. This article looks at the difference between the two terms, if indeed there is a difference.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 15 December, 2021

From concept to reality: Understanding and developing a concept paper

A concept paper is a one- to two-page written document describing an idea for a project. There is no hard rule as to how this should be structured, but here are some tips on what to include and why to include them.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 16 December, 2021

How to write an effective revisions letter

The purpose of the revisions letter is to convince the editor that you have adequately revised the original manuscript to address all the comments made by its peer reviewers. This article shares pointers for writing an effective revisions letter after peer review.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 16 December, 2021

Optimum number of references for a research paper – and how to achieve that number

There is no standard number of references for an article. However, the pointers in this article should help you work towards an optimal number.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 16 December, 2021

Understanding and avoiding Accidental plagiarism

Accidental plagiarism occurs when an author fails to cite their sources and/or unintentionally paraphrases from a source without attributing it. This article helps you understand how accidental plagiarism arises and how to avoid it.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 16 December, 2021

Acceptable secondary publication: Publishing the same research in multiple languages

When a translated version of an already published article is published, it is known as a ‘secondary publication’, and it is acceptable if conditions of transparency and disclosure, proper permission and appropriate attribution are met. This article discusses these conditions and also how to request making an acceptable secondary publication.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 17 December, 2021

Basics of developing and conducting a Systematic Review

Writing a systematic review takes a lot of meticulous planning, in-depth research and rigour. Here, we go over a few things to consider when taking on a systematic review.

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By Charlesworth Author Services on 17 December, 2021

Basics of when and how to perform a Meta-analysis

A meta-analysis is a quantitative (statistical) means by which to determine whether a particular effect reported in literature is real. This article explains when and how to perform a meta-analysis.

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