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100 Tips to Avoid Mistakes in Academic Writing and Presenting

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  • Prioritizes those mistakes that are likely to cause the most problems in terms of poor communication
  • Focuses on modifications that increase readability and empathy for the reader
  • Focus on mistakes regarding general English rather than specifically academic English

Part of the book series: English for Academic Research (EAR)

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About this book

This book contains one hundred typical mistakes relating to papers, proposals, oral presentations, and correspondence with editors (e.g. journal submissions), reviewers (rebuttal letters), and editing agencies.

The book is primarily intended for non-native English speaking researchers. However, it is also useful for editing agencies in order to help new or inexperienced editors spot the kinds of mistakes they need to correct in order to ensure their clients successfully have their papers published. Each section of a paper is covered separately: titles and abstracts; introduction and literature review; methods, results and tables; discussion and conclusions.

Teachers of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) will learn which areas of writing and grammar to focus on including readability, word order, sentence length, paragraphing, ambiguity and punctuation. The last section in the book highlights the key areas where presenters make the most mistakes in terms of the use of English.

Other books in this series:

English for Writing Research Papers

English for Presentations at International Conferences

English for Academic Research: Grammar, Usage and Style

English for Academic Correspondence

English for Academic CVs, Resumes, and Online Profiles

English for Academic Research: Writing Exercises

English for Academic Research: Grammar Exercises

English for Academic Research: Vocabulary Exercises

English for Academic Research: A Guide for Teachers

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

Authors and Affiliations

  • English for Academics SAS, Pisa, Italy

    Adrian Wallwork, Anna Southern

About the authors

Adrian Wallwork is from Manchester (UK) but has spent most of his adult life in Italy. He has taught general and business English, along with academic English to international PhD students. He is the author and editor of the English for Academic Research series published by SpringerNature, along with several course books for OUP and CUP, six books for the BBC, Scholastic and BEP. His latest publications are a series of discussion resource books ( Adrian runs a scientific English editing agency ( with his wife Anna Southern.

Anna Southern has a BA Hons degree in French and Sociology, and postgraduate certificates in Development Studies, Public Health, and TEFL. She has worked as: a Project Manager for both the British Council and the United Nations, both in the UK and overseas; ii) a freelance researcher for Carlton Television and the charity Crisis; iii) a researcher and Project Manager for the British National Health Service. Her publication record includes four ESL books co-authored for the BBC, a photocopiable resource book co-authored for Scholastic, ten programme support guides for Carlton Television, two public reports for the charity Crisis, a community work guide for the National Health Service, a scientific paper for the International Journal of TB and Lung Disease, and a self-published novel entitled Not At Home.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: 100 Tips to Avoid Mistakes in Academic Writing and Presenting

  • Authors: Adrian Wallwork, Anna Southern

  • Series Title: English for Academic Research

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Social Sciences, Social Sciences (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-44213-2Published: 17 July 2020

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-44214-9Published: 17 July 2020

  • Series ISSN: 2625-3445

  • Series E-ISSN: 2625-3453

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XIV, 156

  • Number of Illustrations: 13 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: English, Language Education, Popular Science in Linguistics, Grammar

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