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I’m sorry, were you bored with italics? Good—that’s why busy plant biologists hire editors like us to take care of the picky details. Let’s talk about something that is arguably more interesting—in fact, it has started Twitter feuds. That’s right: spaces (or the lack thereof)! Do put a space between the number and the unit,…

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Whew, that was a long gap between posts, but don’t think we’ve forgotten about italics while we’ve been busy editing manuscripts. Since it seems like every language blogger and editing service in the universe has written a post on italics, we’ve tried to make this more useful to you, the plant biologist, by including plant-specific…

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As editors, we spend a lot of time putting some words into italics and removing italics from other words. You might wonder why all the bother with all these slanted letters, but carefully and consistently used, italics can make your paper clear, easy to read, and even more concise. Haphazard and inconsistent italics can confuse…

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