Expert Talk: Inside tips from an academic editor – How to avoid common pitfalls in scientific writing


January 16, 2024 – 4 PM to 6 PM


Online via Zoom


Marc Abernathy, BA

Learn how to look for and correct common mistakes in academic texts

Researchers writing journal articles and grant applications have an incredibly difficult time imagining their readers: what they will and won’t know, what needs more explanation (or less), what is obvious (or not), what is implicit, and what needs to be made explicit.

Marc Abernathy edits researchers’ journal manuscripts and grant applications nearly every day, and sees the challenges that scientists face when writing manuscripts and applications in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities.

In this expert talk, Marc will share with you five of the most-common mistakes researchers make in their academic texts. Using (anonymized) examples from projects he’s edited, Marc will discuss which pitfalls most researchers make, why he thinks they make them, and how to look for and correct them in your next journal article or application.

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About our expert – Marc Abernathy

Marc Abernathy is a developmental editor working with academic researchers to get them published in highly cited journals and funded by leading agencies and foundations. He has worked with PhD students, postdocs, and professors for over 12 years to help them structure their texts, clearly articulate and emphasize their arguments and findings, and write and revise their contribution statements. Marc also teaches workshops on all aspects of writing for publication and securing funding. Before transitioning to developmental editing and his work with academic researchers, Marc worked in clinical research as a manager and research consent form editor.

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a. Marc Abernathy (Foto: Tanita Karkuth)