• Self Check and Peer Editing

    Before professional writers submit their work for publication, they proofread it, and they usually have multiple other people read and edit their work too. It's usually easier for other people to spot our mistakes because they don't already know what we meant to say or type. We don't want to give work to other people work that is full of careless errors, though, so at least proofread it yourself before you give it to an editor.

    Here is a checklist to help you and your editor look for common mistakes:

    • Check Spelling
      • Words underlined in red are misspelled. Right click on misspelled words to get a menu to help correct the spelling. (two-finger click on a Chromebbok) 
      • Do you have the right bear/bare?
        A Brown Bear    A bare Roman statue

    • Put a space after each end punctuation mark and comma (not before).
      • Correct: Do you know what strange thing happened in the very tiny barn? The cats, dogs, and mice all had to learn to live together!
      • Incorrect: Science is the best subject ever !It was my favorite , and I think it will be yours too.
      • Also incorrect: Detention is no fun.You have to sit quietly and do your work,and you can't even ask your neighbors questions without permission!

    • Try to get "it" out of your writing. Use specific nouns instead of pronouns unless using the noun would be redundant.
      • Good: The specimen in the beaker produced gas bubbles. (very clear)
      • Not good: The stuff in it made bubbles. (What stuff? in what?)
      • Also good: We put the specimen in the beaker; then observed it. (Here, "it" is OK because the sentence already told us that "it" is the specimen in the beaker.)

    • Please avoid redundancy please. (That's from the Department of Redundancy Department.)

    • Your paragraphs should be left-aligned.

    • Indent the first line of each paragraph.

    • Titles should be centered.

    • Words in titles should be capitalized.

    • No slashes in formal writing (this/that).

    • Absolutely NO text language in formal science writing.