Revising Technical Manuscripts: Improving Coherence, Clarity & Conciseness

ACS Webinars

“Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away” - Antoine-Marie-Roger de Saint-Exupery

Chemistry is complicated. Clearly and concisely communicating that complexity to your intended audience while also ensuring it has the intended impact isn’t easy, nor does it happen on the first draft. Join Celia Elliott, the Director of External Affairs and Special Projects in the Department of Physics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign as she shares tips and strategies to help you focus your ideas, decide what to cut during the editing process, and present a professional looking document.

This ACS Webinar is moderated by Annabelle Lolinco, Chemistry Ph.D. Candidate at Iowa State University and is co-produced with the ACS Division of Professional Relations.

What You Will Learn

  • A three-step revising process that can help you present your information clearly and concisely
  • How much time should be allocated for revisions
  • How to avoid “abstractitis”

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What an attendee said about this ACS Webinar!

Write shorter sentences! I liked the 3 different steps to revision. WOW! What a great presentation and so well presented. Very enjoyable to participate in the webinar!

Meet the Experts

­­­­Celia Mathews Elliott
Director of External Affairs and Special Projects, Department of Physics, The Grainger College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

­­­­Annabelle Lolinco
Chemistry Ph.D. Candidate,
Iowa State University

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