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Correct and Preferred Usage 

Chapter:
Correct and Preferred Usage
Author(s):

Roxanne K. Young

DOI:
10.1093/jama/9780195176339.003.0011

The second quote, from a 1904 editorial in JAMA, certainly holds true today, but of course, editors do consider manuscripts that are poorly written but are of good science, although they may feel less confident about a paper’s content if the presentation is sloppy. Also, authors whose first language is not that of the journal should still be given consideration. In particular, editors should not lose the author’s voice, especially in informal usage. Still, scientific writing should be as precise as possible to avoid misinterpretation. This section provides a selection of correct and preferred terms...

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