Article Help Desk - how to improve writing of articlesThis is a lengthy post. I have gathered a list of general errors made by members when submitting articles. Please take time to go through it, to help you get your articles approved quicker. In this thread you can also submit any queries you have related to submission of articles, including if you did not understand the reason given by an editor of why your article was shifted to pending. We would like to guide you.
1. It is incorrect to say 'Study at abroad' or 'Study in abroad'. It is just 'Study abroad' or 'Study abroad in (country)'.
2. Do not put URL in a summary, not even in text form.
3. Do not put any tags in the title of summary.
4. It is fine to put Q&A format in the summary for SEO purposes. That is, begin with "Are you looking for …..?" or "Searching for ……?" or "What are the benefits of ……?" or "Why are…….?" However, do not put excessive questions in the summary and avoid keyword spamming. Keep it concise.
5. Instead of "Are you willing to….", it should be "Are you planning to…. / Are you eager to….. / Aspiring to……".
6. Do not repeat sentences in the summary.
7. Do not write "Read this post". Instead, better ones (as per the article topic):
(a) "This article provides complete information about the ….. course offered by ……..You will know the eligibility criteria, course fees and application process" or
(b) "This article gives informative details on the PG…….. program offered by ….., including brief details of what you will learn and the selection process" or
(c) "This article provides an in-depth insight into the career of…….with details of what are the qualifications and skills required to become a ….." or
(d) "This article is an essay on ……" or
(e) "Benefits of …….. are explained in this article, as also the possible side effects."
8. Always put a brief introductory paragraph to start the article. The article should not start off at breakneck speed, but with a gentle gallop.
9. Do not drop 'a' and 'the'.
10. Do not needlessly put comma punctuation every now and then.
11. Keep one space only after punctuation, not two and no space at all before punctuation.
12. Singular / plural should be considered – examples: (i) "Will be valid for 1 years" is incorrect. It should be "Will be valid for 1 year"; (ii) "The online software tools helps to resolve the issue" is incorrect. It should be "The online software tools help to resolve the issue".
13. Do not split words which should be one. Refer: (a) Don't divorce or separate these words and (b) Do not separate the body from its head
14. Every sentence must have the first letter in capitals.
15. Use correct capitalization where required, such as for a name, city, film name, institute name, etc
16. Spacing – do not leave long spaces after the colon which you put for numbered points.
17. If you are putting a few lines for a point, and these are not numbered, leave one line space between them. For example, suppose you are mentioning what are the learning modules in each semester. You write, for example:
"Semester 1: Fundamentals and concepts of Cloud computing, ……..
"Semester 2: Advanced features of Cloud computing with project work,….
- between the above two, keep a one line space, rather than scrunching them up together.
18. Headings – do not put colon and semi-colon in headings with h2 or h3 tags.
19. Do not put headings in italics.
20. Do not repeat the institute name and course in every heading.
21. Check after submission how your article looks. If you see too many gaps, or the left alignment is improper, check the tags you put – likely you did not close a tag.
22. Do not use 'p' tags. Do not use tags which are not allowed. Read the instructions next to the box.
23. Do not put images which are under copyright.
24. Give links in the correct places, not just planted anywhere. For example, when you put a heading 'How to apply', the link to the application page can be put there, rather than at the beginning somewhere, suspended meaninglessly, or at the very end in the last line, up to which point the reader may not even go.
25. When posting articles on admissions, results or a specific course of a particular institute/university, do not omit the contact details – address, phone numbers, email ID and website URL (if you have the website link earlier in the article, put it at the end in URL text form.)
26. When posting articles on the current academic year, make it a point to mention the schedule, such as the closing dates of online submission/registration/ application, date of entrance test, if any, when Admit card for the test will be available online, etc.
27. Put in related keywords (up to 4 maximum) via the 'Related Keywords' feature, selecting from the options provided those which are most relevant to your articles. These may help to get traffic to your article.
28. Select correct category - why are members putting admissions and finance articles in 'Knowledge sharing'? That is the default one which comes up, so please go through the categories and select the one relevant to your article topic.
Most important - repeating #21 above - after you hit the 'submit' button, check how the article looks. Many of you don't bother with this obvious step and thus miss out on realizing that tags are not closed, that alignment is askew, huge gaps are there, etc.
Those with expertise in English and writing skills, as well as those who know of common errors, are welcome to give feedback. Do not mention any particular article or author, as the aim is not to create discomfiture to any member, but to give general guidance.