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Thinking about going into scientific editing, or even just having a better success rate with getting your papers published in the journal of your choice? If you’re in graduate school or your postdoctoral training, there are steps you can take now to pick up valuable skills. 1. Read LOTS of papers. All too often we focus on only the papers in our own tiny area because we’re trying to maintain some semblance of a life as well as training. But reading papers outside your specialty will enhance your own writing. Ask a friend in the lab or building next door to recommend their favorite paper. This helps you read for the structure and logical flow rather than the specifics of the method you’re going to try to reproduce. If you’re interested in being a professional editor, think ...