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How to shorten scientific manuscripts

Tack, Ayco J. M.; Ehrlen, Johan; Roslin, Tomas


Many journals have strict word limits, and authors therefore spend considerable time shortening manuscripts. Here, we provide pointers for efficiently doing so while retaining key content. We include general guidance, tips for condensing the different parts of a scientific paper, and advice on what to avoid when shortening manuscripts. We hope that readers will find our guidance helpful.


conciseness; revision; scientific writing; shortening; writing guidelines

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Ecology and Evolution
2024, Volume: 14, number: 6, article number: e11543
Publisher: WILEY

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