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Steve Wallace:keep research paper short and clear

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(Your lead is terse and which is good. It would be better if you add a figure telling us how many exactly are rejected. Wallace cited the figure given by APS (Association for Psychological Science) saying that as low as only 11% of papers submitted get to be published. It is better to say "abstracts written in poor English" than "poor English abstracts" for reason that is obvious. Since you mention the figure 27%, what are the other figures that make a research paper unpublishable? )


Hebe wan | 29th October,2013


Many research papers are rejected due to the poor English, said Steve Wallace, the founder of Wallace Academic Editing.


Wallace said that he was usually depressed by poor English abstracts. Poor English takes up 27% of the reasons why the research paper are being rejected. He pointed out that redundancy and over- using passive voice are the common errors. People have to omit the garbage words in their paper. He mentioned that the ultimate rules of research paper were clear and short. He suggested to keep the sentence short and direct. He also noted that people should use active voice in order to make it more clear and direct. However, if the performer is irrelevant , less important or recipient is the main topic, passive voice is accepted. Also, key word should be put in the front.


Wallace has taught different schools in mainland and Taiwan. He said that mainland students are more aggressive in study.However, Taiwan students are more shy and passive.He is looking forward to discover the characteristics of Hong Kong students.--115089 2013年10月29日 (二) 18:36 (UTC)
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