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Common errors to look out for in medical papers

Issue: 39(3) August 2013. Essays Pages 68 – 69

Nikhil Pinto
Centre of Excellence for Medicine, Cactus Communications, Mumbai, India; [email protected]


An inconsistent manuscript style and inappropriate presentation of the content hinder the legibility and comprehension, thus reducing the influence of a scientific work. In this essay, I describe common errors with style encountered in my editorial practice. These range from seemingly trivial errors with capitalization and italicization to complex mistakes involving the use of the apostrophe in eponymous terms. By addressing these inconsistencies, editors can ensure that papers are well presented and devoid of stylistic issues


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