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Here at Plant Editors, we are your partners for writing in plant biology. Our collegial, helpful, and thorough editors will read your paper, correct errors, and provide suggestions for making your writing clear, concise, and effective. As highly trained plant biologists, we also examine the content, pointing out missing controls and experimental details, flagging incorrect…

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Siberian squill (Scilla siberica), small blue flowers with a yellow center and green leaves.

Here at Plant Editors, we know that sometimes you need to trim the word count of your manuscript––and many times, streamlining your text makes it easier to read too. How can you reduce the word count without making your paper hard to read? DO: Omit needless words. Text like “the results showed that”, “are known…

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Red tulips with yellow centers, viewed from above.

In 2021, Stuart F. McDaniel published a well-written, thoughtful paper in New Phytologist titled “Bryophytes are not early diverging land plants”. In this paper, he called out the use of terms such as “higher” or “lower”, “basal lineage”, “ancient”, and “early diverging” as being inaccurate interpretations of phylogeny that harken back to when all organisms…

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