Quick Tip: Using Transition Words to Maintain Flow in Your Science Manuscript

Scientific manuscripts can be laborious and difficult to read, even when written by the most seasoned professional. This makes it all the more important to try to maintain good flow in your article. This includes the flow from paragraph to paragraph and flow within a paragraph.

One of the keys to maintaining good flow is properly using transition words (e.g., furthermore, moreover, however, etc.). These words place one idea in relation to another and really help increase the readability of your manuscript. Without the proper use of transition words, your paragraphs and ideas become choppy and the links between ideas become lost.

So, make a list of transition words and vary them within your writing. This will keep your reviewers, editors, and general readership happily reading from title to conclusions.

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