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Research Christmas 2015: The Publication Game

Use of positive and negative words in scientific PubMed abstracts between 1974 and 2014: retrospective analysis

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 14 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6467

ABCs of writing

There are four kinds of writing: prose, poetry (verse), prose poetry, and aphorisms. Prose is information formatted in sentences and paragraphs. Poetry is imagery formatted in lines and stanzas. Prose poetry is imagery formatted like prose. And aphorisms are concise bits of wisdom formatted in sentences. Good writing is a smooth flow of lucid, logical, linguistic linkages. In short, writing is a link between think and ink.

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 December 2015
Hugh Mann
New York,, NY, USA