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Seminars and lectures on academic English writing

Dr. Steve Wallace, an expert in the instruction of academic English writing, and the Wallace Academic Editing team have years of experience in the field and have performed extensive related research.

Having collected and organized data shared by scholars from various fields, Steve has conducted lecture tours throughout Asia to share this valuable information with researchers.

Steve has organized each lecture into an approximately 2-hour speech. He has presented these lectures at universities, research centers, and companies throughout Asia. Each of his lecturers has enjoyed full attendance and positive feedback.

Our Academic English Lecture Series can provide the following information for researchers:

  • How to avoid English writing errors frequently made by scholars;
  • How to improve research efficiency to enhance productivity when writing research papers;
  • Essential tips for participating in English conferences, including how to prepare for speeches, data and information formatting, poster design, and methods for responding during Q&A sessions. These tips allow researchers to successfully participate in various types of English conferences.

We currently offer the following lectures:

  • A. The top nine English errors that cause Taiwanese research papers to be rejected
  • B. Tips from high impact researchers on writing and publishing academic journal papers
  • C. How to write an abstract for a journal or conference
  • D. How to present a paper at an academic conference
  • E. How to understand journal and submission guidelines

Biomedical writing lectures

  • F. Frequently misused words and phrases in Chinese biomedical writing
  • G. Common grammatical errors in Chinese biomedical writing

Please refer to the lecture introductions below for more information…

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Speech A: The top nine English errors that cause Chinese research papers to be rejected

Speaker: Dr. Steve Wallace
Time: 2 hours
Speech A handout


Have you written papers with good research that were rejected because of “poor English”?

Poor English not only reduces the value of your research results, it also prevents international reviewers from understanding your work. Speech A will help resolve your English problems.

We have collected 175 opinions and reviewer comments from papers that were rejected by international review committees because of poor English and determined the nine most frequent English errors in academic papers written by Taiwanese researchers.

Because of these errors, review committees frequently reject or request modifications for papers that demonstrate excellent research.

Dr. Steve Wallace will tell you how to avoid these errors and write accurate and correct sentences that satisfy publication standards for international journals.

In addition, Steve will explain the shortcomings Taiwanese researchers face when writing in English and provide many examples of errors and methods by which to remedy these errors.

After the speech, you will be able to write better articles, improve your English skills, and increase the chances of getting published!


To help researchers understand the English errors that most commonly lead to rejection in international journals.

To help researchers avoid English writing errors, improve their academic writing skills, and successfully publish their papers in international journals.


The top nine English errors that cause Taiwanese research papers to be rejected:

  1. Using the passive voice
  2. Using nouns instead of verbs
  3. Using weak verbs
  4. Using sentences that begin with “It” and “There”
  5. Using unclear pronoun references
  6. Including redundant text
  7. Changing verb tense within a sentence
  8. Omitting comparisons
  9. Failing to ensure subject–verb agreement
  10. Conclusion

Click here to download the PowerPoint for Speech A

Speech B: Tips from high impact researchers on writing and publishing academic journal papers

Speaker: Dr. Steve Wallace
Time: 2 hours


Researchers understand their areas of expertise extremely well and are confident that they can complete all experiments relevant to their studies. But then what? Do they have the motivation and drive to pick up a pen and write a paper? How do they maintain strong relationships with review committees? Which journal is most suitable for their paper? Do they understand the preferences and styles of various journals? How can they integrate their research team to enhance the efficiency of their research, and how can they appropriately pinpoint the shortcomings of references?

In this lecture, Dr. Steve Wallace introduces the key techniques that researchers should focus on when publishing papers. These techniques are derived from our company’s long-term access to and interactions with top researchers in various fields. This lecture includes tips that will allow you to successfully publish your paper, as well as tips on how to continue publishing.


Provide practical methods to enhance research efficiency and ensure that papers can be submitted and published in journals successfully.


  1. Reviewing journal guidelines to determine what type of papers the journals are looking for (with specific examples)
  2. Citing references politely to earn better reviews (with correct and incorrect examples)
  3. The three types of academic journals and their biases and preferences, plus the challenges of submitting to each
  4. Hiding clues of previous rejection when submitting your paper to a new journal
  5. Maintaining writing motivation and productivity
  6. Developing and keeping the writing habit
  7. Using an academic social network to increase your chance of acceptance
  8. Identifying journals with rising and falling impact factors
  9. Finding and fixing weak points in your paper
  10. Forming positive publication competition and writing groups
  11. Dramatizing the writing process with exciting models to keep motivation
  12. Viewing the paper writing process like a supply chain
  13. Involving graduate students in the paper production process
  14. Conclusion

Click here to download the PowerPoint for Speech B

Speech C: How to write an abstract for a journal or conference

Speaker: Dr. Steve Wallace
Time: 2 hours


We use examples to describe how to write an abstract and proceed with conference submissions and applications. We also provide a discussion on how to avoid errors during the organization, writing, and submission of the abstract. In addition, we share abstract management and process tips to help students understand conference operations and procedures.


  1. What is the difference between abstracts for conferences and abstracts for studies or articles?
  2. How can you organize your abstract according to the chapters and sections of your work?
  3. What are the critical elements required in an abstract?
  4. What style, grammar, verb tenses, and professional technical terms should you use?
  5. What are the formats and patterns for conferences and papers?
  6. What is abstract management and what are its processes?
  7. What are paper presentation choices for conferences?
  8. Conclusion

Click here to download the PowerPoint for Speech C

Speech D: How to present a paper at an academic conference

Speaker: Dr. Steve Wallace
Time: 2 hours


In this lecture, we introduce paper presentation formats for academic conferences, content that must be covered during PowerPoint presentations, key terms that should be used during presentations, and how to answer questions and communicate with editors and reviewers to significantly increase your chances of presenting.


To help researchers gain the confidence to participate in conference presentations and appropriately employ the advantages provided by conference participation.


  1. How to prepare a persuasive technical English speech
  2. Key terms applicable for various conference forms and types
  3. Receiving comments and answering questions
  4. Mastering Q&A strategies
  5. Contact with other researchers
  6. Content that must be covered in PowerPoint presentations

Click here to download the PowerPoint for Speech D

Speech E: How to understand journal and submission guidelines

Speaker: Dr. Steve Wallace
Time: 1.5 hours



  • Review journal guidelines to determine the types of articles the journal hopes to publish
  • Understand and comply with journal formatting guidelines.
  • Avoid two practices that always anger reviewers.
  • Use the academic community to increase your acceptance rate.
  • Identify journals with increasing or decreasing levels of academic influence or impact factors.
  • Discover journals with problems.
  • Cite literature in a polite manner to achieve higher ratings and more positive reviewer comments.
  • Identify three types or classifications of academic journals.
  • Select target journals and identify journals that may not accept your paper.

Click here to download the PowerPoint for Speech E

Speech Title F: (Lecture on Biomedical Writing) Frequently misused words and phrases in Taiwanese biomedical writing

Speaker: Dr. Steve Wallace
Time: 2 hours


Medical journals often reject articles because of poor English or because these articles donot follow AMA formatting standards. AMA is the highest guideline for medical writing. It contains specific standards as well as a series of biomedical research reports.


  • Misused vocabulary frequently found in Taiwanese medical articles
  • Excessively cumbersome vocabulary for medical writing
  • Obscure or ambiguous vocabulary often found in Taiwanese medical articles
  • Avoiding informal medical writing styles

Speech Title G: (Lecture on Biomedical Writing)
Common grammar errors in Taiwanese biomedical writing

Speaker: Dr. Steve Wallace
Time: 2 hours


We will identify the most common grammatical errors in biomedical writing, and provide examples based on  AMA formatting and medical articles that have been subjected to corrections and amendments. Our example sentences will present the following grammatical errors and phenomena:

  1. Active and passive voice in medical writing
  2. Medical writing usually takes a conservative stance:avoid direct replies or responses
  3. Antecedents that cause ambiguity
  4. Missing antecedents
  5. Vague and imprecise antecedents
  6. Dangling modifiers
  7. Misplaced modifiers
  8. Merging commas
  9. Singular and plural roots and prefixes from Latin and Greek
  10. Use of definite articles
  11. Use of numbers
  12. Sixteen other important points for grammar and writing