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By Maeve O'Connor

Writing effectively in technological know-how will pay specific recognition to the wishes of scientists whose first language isn't English, explaining easy methods to stay away from the most pitfalls of English grammar and the way to offer paintings in a transparent and logical type. It combines sensible assistance for the first-time author with necessary directions for skilled members wishing to enhance their approach

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A The lack of further improvement after incubation for three months is attributed to loss of an unknown number of manuscripts or loss of interest by their authors. b Ten of these authors were women. 3 Table with poor tittle too many columns, unnescessary repitation, irrational and inconsistent order for row entries, and no indication of what the numbers in the last five columns means. 4 for improved version. 23 PREPARING EFFECTIVE TABLES Table 4 [Table 3 revised] Effect of incubation on acceptance rate of manuscripts from authors from different regions and disciplines.

Fig. 7): (1) data are separated into three sets; (2) time scale is more accurately described; (3) space is legitimately saved by a break in the plasma scale (note that zero is retained: omitting it can sometimes lead to misinterpretation). 38 MAKING PRELIMINARY VERSIONS the same coordinates for different figures if values in them are to be compared. Maps Maps, like other figures, must carry a message. Decide first what the message is, and state it briefly in the legend. Maps may be either geographic maps showing large or small areas of the world or thematic maps showing the distribution of various kinds of quantitative or qualitative data.

Use good-quality heavy white paper for line drawings—art-coated proofing paper is recommended by Reynolds & Simmonds (1981). Or use white card or graph paper with faint lines of a colour that doesn’t reproduce when photographed and of a type that doesn’t repel ink. Avoid using tracing paper because it tears easily and may have a slightly greasy finish. Use technical drawing pens and black drafting ink, well stirred, or use a drawing pen with an ink reservoir. Good quality pens are made to the micronorm standards for draftsmen (ISO 9175–1 & 2:1988) and produce lines of standard widths.

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