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Michael LaRocca

Michael spent 8 years editing for an R&D/Engineering firm in North Carolina, 6 years teaching Advanced English Writing in China, 5 years editing medical papers in Thailand, and 1 year in Hanoi, then returned home with an Australian wife and a lovely Calico cat from Hong Kong. “I bring home the best souvenirs.”

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Step-by-Step Planning Before You Write

By Michael LaRocca | January 26, 2021

The prospect of writing an entire paper can be daunting. Our guide to planning a paper will help you break the project down into manageable steps.

Guide to layout and formatting such as in scientific manuscripts

How to Format Your Manuscript

By Michael LaRocca | March 14, 2011

Understanding how to format your manuscript is an important skill for researchers and getting it right will make your PI very happy – they’ll spend less time proofreading and editing the document for you and it might just help get your manuscript through to peer review faster.   When writing up your results for a…

Be Your Own Editor – and watch out for speed bumps!

By Michael LaRocca | February 21, 2011

There’s no author who can’t benefit from an editor, or two, or ten.  But first, an author needs to do everything they can to make the manuscript as good as they possibly can.  You want your editor(s) to concentrate on what you’ve written, without the distraction of stupid stuff that you were just too lazy…

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Eight Steps to a Well-Written Manuscript

By Michael LaRocca | January 25, 2011

You’ve done the experiments, gathered the data, interpreted the results, and now you’ve got something important to share with the scientific community. Congratulations! You’re writing a scientific paper. Once you’ve decided on which journal to submit your paper, you can get the guidelines from that journal. All that’s left is to write the paper. Your…

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