We have updated the names and categories of feedback criteria to help you understand their functionality. While these updates aim to reflect conventional academic writing practices, we modified some terminologies to make them easier to understand.
Here are the changes we made:
Names of categories
Old category name
New category name
Content and Structure
Contains criteria that give feedback on the structure of contents, the contents on a holistic level, and the materials discussed in the document.
Contains criteria that give feedback on mechanical and linguistic elements in the document.
Contains criteria that give feedback on the visual elements and formatting of the document.
Citing and Referencing
Contains criteria that give feedback on the content, usage, and formatting of listed references and their in-text citations.
Tables and Figures
Contains criteria that give feedback on the captions and format of tables and figures.
Names of criteria
Certain personal pronouns should be avoided
Context-appropriate words and phrases should be used
Wording: Avoid confused words
Vocabulary: Distinguish commonly confused words
Commonly confused words should be distinguished based on the context (e.g. affect/effect)
Wording: Avoid redundant words
Vocabulary: Concise writing
Redundant words should be removed
Wording: Use proper collocations
Vocabulary: Proper word combinations
A word should be combined correctly with other words (correct collocations)
Document should be written in a given language
Sentences longer than a certain number of words should be split into shorter sentences
Reference citation count
Citation count of references
Referenced articles should be cited a certain number of times by other publications
References should be written in a given style
Passive voice should be avoided and replaced with active voice
Document should be written in a certain tense (past or present)
In-text citation of references
Listed references should be cited in the body text
In-text citation of figures
Figures should be cited in the body text
In-text citation of tables
Tables should be cited in the body text
*These criteria have also been moved from their original category to another one.
We recognize that academic writing is a complex topic and there are diverse practices across different regions. These changes might not reflect all conventions.
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