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Your Writing Toolbox

Welcome to the PLOS Writing Toolbox, your source for best practices and practical tips to build your scientific writing skillset. Delivered to your inbox every two weeks, each issue is a new addition to your personal store of writing and publishing know-how.

Past Issues

The Writing Series

Issue #4: How to Write Your Methods

Read our easy tips for writing a Methods Section that helps readers understand your study and ensures the reproducibility of your research.

Issue #5: How to Write Statistics

In many fields, a statistical analysis forms the heart of both the methods and results sections of a manuscript. A well-planned, clearly described and faithfully executed statistical analysis can improve the chances of acceptance and ensure the long term reproducibility of your study.

Issue #7: How to Write an Effective Research Article

Though the caliber of your science is of primary importance, writing does matter. Clear and effective language makes it easier for editors and reviewers to understand and evaluate your work, minimizing delays in the publication of your research. Later, strong writing will increase the accessibility of your published article.

Issue #8: How to Copy Edit Your Work

Copy editing matters, both during peer review and after publication. Typographical errors, grammar mistakes, and translation inconsistencies can make your manuscript difficult to understand and slow down peer review and publication. A clean and correct manuscript can do the opposite, minimizing delays throughout the process. But copy editing isn’t always easy.

The Publishing Series

Issue #1: The Publication Process, Part 1

Gaining insight into the conventional journal process can help ease anxieties about what is happening with your paper. Here, you’ll find details of how journals approach new submissions and bring them to the first decision.

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