I like to think of myself as the type of person who doesn’t make the same mistake twice. But in my time as a graduate student, I have received feedback on multiple papers in which I’ve made the same technical mistakes over and over again. It was embarrassing for me to see this pattern, and surely frustrating for my coauthors to spend their time correcting me. In pursuit of improvement, I developed a checklist of common technical mistakes that I go through before sending off a paper. Some items are specific to APA style, but others are relevant universally for scientific writing. The checklist is useful to me both in writing and in reviewing others’ work, and I hope it will be useful to you, too.
Before you attach a paper to an email or upload it to an editorial manager, did you remember to:
What else would you include in this checklist?