Scientific writing has many rules, one could say it is almost like an algorithm. Well, some people did look at it as algorithms and 0-1 codes and came up with tools to aid scientists or generally people in the academia with writing. I will now list a few sites I have found helpful when trying to meet my deadlines:
1. Plagiarism check
All assignments go through originality tests. Before you submit it for marking, you should always check if your plagiarism score is low enough. I have found Paperrater to be accurate and useful. This free webpage offers Grammar & Spelling Check, Online Proofreading and, most importantly, plagiarism check. It is easy to use and no uploads or downloads are required. It also offers a tool that assesses the quality of your written text, regarding the use of linking words and scientific language.
2. Automatic Referencing
CiteThisForMe is mankind’s best creation, by far. For me, there is nothing worse than referencing – it takes too much time to format everything and to follow a specific style. In this site, you can find all the citation styles, like Vancouver, Harvard and more or chose your own formatting style. Then, you list your references from the top left buttons randomly and unformulated and the site does all the work for you – it cites whatever you added in he format you chose and lists them alphabetically. Finally, you can save your work and download it in a word file, to copy and paste in your essay. You’re welcome.
3. Open access platforms
Even though Karolinska Institutet has many subscriptions to scientific journals, there is always going to be this one article that you will need and will not be able to access, for whatever reason. There are a few sites you can try to use, which may help download the one you need: eLife ,F1000Research, GigaScience, PeerJ, Cureus, ScienceOpen and more. These sites might help you achieve a freely accessible research network to share and evaluate scientific information, when needed.
4. Manuscript Services
These two sites help write..well, better English. For all of us that are not native English speakers, or if we want to sound fancier or come up with a synonym sometimes, Ludwig and Writefull can really help. They are much better than Thesaurus and you can get your work peer reviewed, too!
5. Sites that modify your documents in accepted forms
How many times have you seen “We only accept pdf or doc or docx or HTML5 or I-don’t-know-what”? These might help:
- ASCII doctor – Text processor & publishing toolchain for converting AsciiDoc to HTML5, DocBook & more.
- PDFsam – Converts to pdf and merges or splits the pdfs.
6. Sites to help you locate Scientific Journals
This might be a little excessive, but at some point we will also be published authors (hopefully). To submit a manuscript, you first need to locate the appropriate Journal for your research, to increase the chance of it being approved. These might, then, come in handy:
- Journal Finder or Journal Guide – Find the best journal for your research.
- Journal Reviewer – Collects information users provide about their experience with academic journals’ review processes. This way you can avoid the “mean” reviewers!
I hope this blog post will be helpful to some of you out there, who might be struggling with a few of the “rules” of scientific writing. Good luck with your thesis or any assignment that you might use this tips for!
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