WRITING INTELLIGIBLE ENGLISH PROSE FOR BIOMEDICAL JOURNALS (English)

Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology

I present a combination of semi‐objective and subjective evidence that the quality of English prose in biomedical scientific writing is deteriorating.

I consider seven possible strategies for reversing this apparent trend. These refer to a greater emphasis on good writing by students in schools and by university students, consulting books on science writing, one‐on‐one mentoring, using ‘scientific’ measures to reveal lexical poverty, making use of freelance science editors and encouraging the editors of biomedical journals to pay more attention to the problem.

I conclude that a fruitful, long‐term, strategy would be to encourage more biomedical scientists to embark on a career in science editing. This strategy requires a complementary initiative on the part of biomedical research institutions and universities to employ qualified science editors.

An immediately realisable strategy is to encourage postgraduate students in the biomedical sciences to undertake the service courses provided by many universities on writing English prose in general and scientific prose in particular. This strategy would require that heads of departments and supervisors urge their postgraduate students to attend such courses.

Two major publishers of biomedical journals, Blackwell Publications and Elsevier Science, now provide lists of commercial editing services on their web sites. I strongly recommend that authors intending to submit manuscripts to their journals (including Blackwell's Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology) make use of these services. This recommendation applies especially to those for whom English is a second language.

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MECHANISMS UNDERLYING VASORELAXANT ACTION OF ASTRAGALOSIDE IV IN ISOLATED RAT AORTIC RINGS
Zhang, Chuan / Wang, Xu‐Hui / Zhong, Mei‐Fang / Liu, Run‐Hui / Li, Hui‐Liang / Zhang, Wei‐Dong / Chen, Hong | 2007
393
PROTECTIVE ROLE OF A NOVEL ERYTHROCYTE‐DERIVED DEPRESSING FACTOR ON BLOOD VESSELS OF RENOVASCULAR HYPERTENSIVE RATS
Pang, Huan / Wen, Yun‐yi / Ma, Ning / Wang, Yu‐tang / Shi, Lei | 2007
399
THYMOQUINONE SUPPLEMENTATION PREVENTS THE DEVELOPMENT OF GENTAMICIN‐INDUCED ACUTE RENAL TOXICITY IN RATS
Sayed‐Ahmed, Mohamed M / Nagi, Mahmoud N | 2007
406
ESTABLISHMENT OF RAT PRECISION‐CUT FIBROTIC LIVER SLICE TECHNIQUE AND ITS APPLICATION IN VERAPAMIL METABOLISM
Guo, Yu / Wang, Hui / Zhang, Chun | 2007
414
STUDIES WITH KETAMINE AND ALFENTANIL FOLLOWING FREUND'S COMPLETE ADJUVANT‐INDUCED INFLAMMATION IN RATS
Edwards, Stephen R / Mather, Laurence E / Smith, Maree T | 2007
421
CYP2C19 GENOTYPE AND OMEPRAZOLE HYDROXYLATION PHENOTYPE IN CHINESE LI POPULATION
Wang, Jiu‐Hui / Li, Pei‐Qiong / Fu, Qiong‐Yao / Li, Qiu‐Xiang / Cai, Wang‐Wei | 2007
425
STRESS‐DEPENDENT INDUCTION OF PROTEIN OXIDATION, LIPID PEROXIDATION AND ANTI‐OXIDANTS IN PERIPHERAL TISSUES OF RATS: COMPARISON OF THREE STRESS MODELS (IMMOBILIZATION, COLD AND IMMOBILIZATION–COLD)
Şahın, Emel / Gümüşlü, Saadet | 2007
432
INFLUENCE OF GENDER ON OXIDATIVE STRESS, LIPID PEROXIDATION, PROTEIN DAMAGE AND APOPTOSIS IN HEARTS AND BRAINS FROM SPONTANEOUSLY HYPERTENSIVE RATS
Ren, Jun | 2007
439
CB1 RECEPTOR ACTIVATION IN THE BASOLATERAL AMYGDALA PRODUCES ANTINOCICEPTION IN ANIMAL MODELS OF ACUTE AND TONIC NOCICEPTION
Hasanein, Parisa / Parviz, Mohsen / Keshavarz, Mansoor / Javanmardi, Kazem | 2007
450
siRNA‐MEDIATED BCL‐2 AND BCL‐XL GENE SILENCING SENSITIZES HUMAN HEPATOBLASTOMA CELLS TO CHEMOTHERAPEUTIC DRUGS
Lei, Xiao‐Yong / Zhong, Miao / Feng, Lan‐Fang / Zhu, Bing‐Yang / Tang, Sheng‐Song / Liao, Duan‐Fang | 2007
457
ROSIGLITAZONE, AN AGONIST OF PEROXISOME PROLIFERATOR‐ACTIVATED RECEPTOR‐GAMMA, PREVENTS CONTRALATERAL TESTICULAR ISCHAEMIA–REPERFUSION INJURY IN PREPUBERTAL RATS
Inan, Mustafa / Basaran, Umit / Dokmeci, Dikmen / Kanter, Mehmet / Yalcin, Omer / Aydogdu, Nurettin / Turan, Nesrin | 2007
462
5-HT1A RECEPTOR AGONIST PROPERTIES OF ANTIPSYCHOTICS DETERMINED BY [35S]GTPgS BINDING IN RAT HIPPOCAMPAL MEMBRANES
Odagaki, Y. / Toyoshima, R. | 2007
462
5‐HT1A RECEPTOR AGONIST PROPERTIES OF ANTIPSYCHOTICS DETERMINED BY [35S]GTPγS BINDING IN RAT HIPPOCAMPAL MEMBRANES
Odagaki, Yuji / Toyoshima, Ryoichi | 2007
467
PROTECTIVE EFFECTS OF VITAMINS C AND E AGAINST ENDOMETRIAL DAMAGE AND OXIDATIVE STRESS IN FLUORIDE INTOXICATION
Guney, Mehmet / Oral, Baha / Demirin, Hilmi / Karahan, Nermin / Mungan, Tamer / Delibas, Namik | 2007
475
LACK OF BLOOD PRESSURE SALT‐SENSITIVITY SUPPORTS A PREGLOMERULAR SITE OF ACTION OF NITRIC OXIDE IN TYPE I DIABETIC RATS
Brands, Michael W / Bell, Tracy D / Fleming, Cassandra / Labazi, Hicham / Sturgis, LaShon C | 2007
480
ENDOTOXIN‐INDUCED ACUTE LUNG INJURY AND ORGAN DYSFUNCTION ARE ATTENUATED BY PENTOBARBITAL ANAESTHESIA
Kao, Shang‐Jyh / Su, Chain‐Fa / Liu, Demeral D / Chen, Hsing I | 2007
488
THE EFFECTS OF ISOSTEVIOL AGAINST MYOCARDIUM INJURY INDUCED BY ISCHAEMIA–REPERFUSION IN THE ISOLATED GUINEA PIG HEART
Xu, Deyi / Zhang, Shuangjie / Foster, David JR / Wang, Jiping | 2007
494
DRUG‐RELATED HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS IN A GENERIC PHARMACEUTICAL SYSTEM
Zargarzadeh, AH / Emami, MH / Hosseini, F | 2007
499
OPTIMIZING DOSAGE OF KETAMINE AND XYLAZINE IN MURINE ECHOCARDIOGRAPHY
Xu, Qi / Ming, Ziqiu / Dart, Anthony M / Du, Xiao‐Jun | 2007
508
WRITING INTELLIGIBLE ENGLISH PROSE FOR BIOMEDICAL JOURNALS
Ludbrook, John | 2007
515
SLOW INOTROPIC RESPONSE OF INTACT LEFT VENTRICLE TO SUDDEN DILATION CRITICALLY DEPENDS ON A MYOCARDIAL DIALYSABLE FACTOR
Tucci, Paulo JF / Faber, Cristiano N / Santos, Leonardo dos / Antonio, Ednei L | 2007
517
ROLE OF XANTHINE OXIDASE IN DEXAMETHASONE‐INDUCED HYPERTENSION IN RATS
Ong, Sharon LH / Vickers, Janine J / Zhang, Yi / McKenzie, Katja US / Walsh, Claire E / Whitworth, Judith A | 2007
520
QUANTITATIVE CHARACTERIZATION OF A REPEATED ACUTE JOINT INFLAMMATION MODEL IN RATS
Peter‐Szabo, Mihaly / Kekesi, Gabriella / Nagy, Edit / Sziver, Edit / Benedek, Gyorgy / Horvath, Gyongyi | 2007
527
INTRODUCTION
Hannan, Anthony J | 2007
528
PROGENITOR CELLS AND ADULT NEUROGENESIS IN NEURODEGENERATIVE DISEASES AND INJURIES OF THE BASAL GANGLIA
Curtis, Maurice A / Eriksson, Peter S / Faull, Richard LM | 2007
533
REGULATORS OF ADULT NEUROGENESIS IN THE HEALTHY AND DISEASED BRAIN
Grote, Helen E / Hannan, Anthony J | 2007
546
5‐HT7, NEUROGENESIS AND ANTIDEPRESSANTS: A PROMISING THERAPEUTIC AXIS FOR TREATING DEPRESSION
Nandam, L Sanjay / Jhaveri, Dhanisha / Bartlett, Perry | 2007

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