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A Brief Guide to Scientific Literature

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It has been long knownI haven't bothered to check the references
It is knownI believe
It is believedI think
It is generally believedMy collegues and I think
There has been some discussionNobody agrees with me
It can be shownTake my word for it
It is provenIt agrees with something mathematical
Of great theoretical importanceI find it interesting
Of great practical importanceThis justifies my employment
Of great historical importanceThis ought to make me famous
Some samples were chosen for studyThe others didn't make sense
Typical results are shownThe best results are shown
Correct within order of magnitudeWrong
The values were obtained empiricallyThe values were obtained by accident
The results are inconclusiveThe results seem to disprove my hypothesis
Additional work is requiredSomeone else can work out the
It might be argued thatI have a good answer to this objection
The investigations proved rewardingMy grant has been renewed
Synthesised according to standard protocolsPurchased from Sigma
Thanks to Joe Blow for expert technical assistance and Jane Doe for valuable discussionThanks to Joe Blow for doing all the work and Jane Doe for telling me what it meant
While it has not been possible to provide definite answers to these questionsThe experiments didn't work out, but I figured I could at least get a publication out of it
Accidentally strained during mountingDropped on the floor
Handled with extreme care throughout the experimentsNot dropped on the floor
Although some detail has been lost in reproduction, it is clear from the original micrographIt is impossible to tell from the original micrograph
Presumably at longer timesI didn't take the time to find out
The agreement with the predicted curve is - excellent - good - satisfactory - fair - as good as could be expected The agreement with the predicted curve is - fair - poor - doubtful - imaginary - non-existent
The most reliable values are those of JonesJones was a student of mine
It is clear that much additional work will be required before a complete understandingI don't understand it.
Unfortunately, a quantitative theory to account for these effects has not been formulatedNeither does anybody else
It is hoped that this work will stimulate further work in the fieldThis paper isn't very good, but neither are any of the others in this miserable subject