«My pals say there is no Santa but I just have to believe in him,» writes 12-year-old Wilson Castile Jr. writing to the jolly fellow in 1939. Twelve might seem a bit old to believe in the portly resident of the North Pole. But Wilson, writing from his home in Annapolis, Missouri, seems worthy of extra sympathy. Continue reading A Brief History of Sending a Letter to Santa
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The purpose of the Journal of the Medical Library Association (JMLA) is more than just archiving data from librarian research. Our purpose is to present research findings to end users in the most useful way. The “Skill Transfer” model, in its simplest form, has three components: creating the skill (doing the research), translating and transferring it to the user, and incorporating the skill into use. Continue reading How to write an original research paper (and get it published)
Scientific writing often poses a challenge to non-native English authors. While writing papers, authors often face grammatical problems. Let’s look closely at one of the most common one in this post.
It is natural to associate numbers with the plural form. When talking about more than one of something – days, samples, experiments, etc. Continue reading Scientific writing: A number of and The number of
Among the many ways in which journals differ in the way they expect authors to format references is the way names of journals are given: whether spelt out in utter or abbreviated (Current Science versus Curr. Sci., for example). The abbreviations may also be different – journal being shortened to simply J or to Jnl – but, fortunately, are practically standardized now. Continue reading Treating abbreviations of journal names in references
I learned about heart maps from one of poet and author Georgia Heard's books about training writing, Awakening the Heart: Exploring Poetry in Elementary and Middle School. This inspiring and practical handbook for teachers is total of adaptable ideas that will help establish a classroom environment that fosters a love of poetry and poetry writing. Continue reading My students create heart maps early in the school year and keep them in their writing folders so they can refer back to them when they write poetry or when they’re stuck about what to write.
The purpose of peer review is to provide constructive feedback to authors in order to help improve the quality of their manuscript. Unluckily, however, peer reviewers sometimes fail to empathize with authors and provide their feedback in a manner that is overly critical, harsh, or superficial and dismissive. Continue reading How do authors feel when they receive negative peer reviewer comments? An practice from Chinese biomedical researchers