Characteristics of the Articles You Want to Find

In order to be worth the time you are going to put in analyzing them, articles you choose must have three basic characteristics:

• Each must be published in well-known international journals. Good examples of journals you might consider include: Science, Nature, Biochemistry, Journal of the American Chemical Society, Angewandte Chemie, International

Edition in English, Physical Review, Scientific American, and other highly-respected international journals specific to your field.

• Each must have been published within the last 3-5 years, no longer ago, sorry. Remember scientific language is in a rapid change process.

• Each must have at least one author who is a native speaker of English. This is particularly important. Usually the first author's name listed is the author most responsible for the writing, but not always. If one of the authors is a native speaker of English, probably that person has at least edited the writing. If none of the authors appear to be native speakers of English, the information about the data you draw from the structure of language in the article may easily be misleading.

All three of these characteristics are necessary so that the articles you choose will give you good data on the use and style of language. Surprisingly enough, you do not need to be concerned with the actual scientific content of the articles. Although the closer the article is to the science you do, the more specific language help it may yield about the language for specific procedures and results, this is not a vital characteristic of the articles you choose. You are searching for excellent material from which to create a good model.

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