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Make sure the title format, spacing, and indentation of your submission adheres to this format.
For regular text:
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Please format your text as follows:
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II. Use spelling and grammar checks:
Given the many tools available, there's really no excuse for spelling or punctuation errors on your submissions. Be sure to use the spelling and grammar checks that come with most word processors. When you do, keep the following in mind.
Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.
As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.
Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.
Received from James Knisley.
"Pistosaurus, Cymatosaurus, and Corosaurus are successively remote sister taxa to plesiosaurs in this analysis. Among ichthyosaurs, Grippia and Utatsusaurus form a basal polytomy. Following the nomenclature of Mazin, the remaining taxa comprise Euichthyopterygia."
"Pistosaurus, Cymatosaurus, and Corsairs are successively remote sister tax to plesiosaurs in this analysis. Among ichthyosaurs, Grippe and Utatsusaurus form a basal polygamy. Following the nomenclature of Maxine, the remaining tax comprise Euichthyopterygia."
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IV. Complete sentences.
In looking over people's rough drafts, I find that in some cases the style is so telegraphic that it is difficult to understand. One sure-fire solution to this is to write in complete sentences. Obviously this is not always necessary. For example, if you are giving a list of terms and their definitions, it's fine to say:
Igneous rock: A rock formed by the solidification of magma.
An igneous rock is a rock formed by the solidification of magma.
Still, when in doubt, write out a complete sentence.
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Don't pad your text. It's very obvious. Also, it's obnoxious to have to wade through verbiage that everyone knows is there for no good reason. If you find, having written your blurb in simple spare prose, that your text is only three lines long, maybe you should dig for more information.
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