Points to check when writing or redrafting an article

■ Is your thesis statement clear and understandable?

■ Are the tone and vocabulary suitable for the intended audience?

■ Consider only the first and last paragraphs. Can the reader understand the gist of the whole by reading just these two paragraphs? Does the final paragraph merely restate the first paragraph? If it does, rewrite it.

■ Have you used the right arguments, language and style to persuade the reader to agree with you?

■ Have you expressed yourself exactly and precisely? This is of ultimate importance in scientific writing.

■ Have you checked for grammatical accuracy, e.g. consistent verb tenses, use of articles?

■ Have you checked your spelling?

■ Have you followed the appropriate Style Manual?

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