You may use Writing Assistant in MS Word now

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We just released the MS Word add-in for Writing Assistant. Now you can use the Writing Assistant in Word directly.

Writing Assistant Word Add-in

How to use?

Inside MS Word, click ‘Insert’ menu, then click ‘Get Add-ins’ button, and search for ‘stork’ in the store. Then add it to your Word. (Or add through Microsoft store) Note: older versions of Word may not support Writing Assistant.

Please go to Stork main page (logging in required), scroll down to the Advanced Feature section, check the “Add to subscription” box and then click “Subscribe” Button (or free try).

What did they say?

Do you know that many researchers are using Writing Assistant? Here are some comments from them:

Eric from Stanford: “Writing Assistant is an excellent tool for scientists and researchers to improve the quality of their publication writing. Even though I have very extensive scientific writing experience, I have been using Writing Assistants to edit my papers. I highly recommend Writing Assistant for those whose native language is not English or who lack writing skills and ideas.

Xiaozhe from Caltech: “Writing Assistant not only helps identify and correct grammar and spelling mistakes, but also enhances the overall style and clarity of my writing. It made my manuscript more professional and easy to read. If you are a non-native speaker who wants to write clear and effective academic papers in English, I highly recommend giving this tool a try.

More comments at Writing Assistant page.


Have you ever found yourself in the following situations?

  1. rewriting and paraphrasing paragraphs copied from past papers and grants
  2. editing and rewriting manuscripts written by international collaborators or students
  3. looking for sophisticated synonyms for a given word
  4. struggling in writing perfect English (if English is not your native language)

You may imagine, it would be ideal if there was someone who was a native English speaker, had a wealth of professional knowledge, and was always available to help me revise or write my papers. “Writing Assistant” is such a person! Let’s see how powerful it is with examples.

Vocabulary enrichment

Before: Because bad weather, we cancel the trip.

After: Due to the inclement weather, we have been forced to cancel the excursion.

In this example, the word “bad” is rather informal. “Inclement” is a much better choice. “Because” is also changed to “Due to”.

Before: fNIRS is better than fMRI because it’s cheap and easy to carry.

After: fNIRS is more affordable and portable than fMRI, making it a more practical option for many people.

The words “cheap” and “easy to carry” are too informal. “Affordable” and “portable” are better choices.

Before: The teacher’s encouragement made me want to do better in my study.

After: The teacher’s support motivated me to strive for better grades.

“make” and “want” are changed to “motivate” and “strive”.

Grammar correction

Before: We used device purchased from X company to measure light intensity.

After: We used a device purchased from X company to measure light intensity.

Before: Our of 100 samples, we selected 54 which showed blue.

After: Out of 100 samples, we selected 54 that showed blue.

Before: 5 faculty from our university attended the confrence.

After: Five faculty members from our university attended the conference.

Paraphrasing

When writing papers, we often need to reference sentences published by past researchers to support our views. To avoid being accused of plagiarism, it is important to paraphrase the sentences.

Before: Lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States and the world.【Farooq 2020】

After: Despite advances in treatment, lung cancer remains the leading cause of cancer death in the United States and globally.

Before: Robots fueled by Artificial Intelligence (AI) are expected to advance significantly over the next years and foster a key element of future societies.【Karnouskos 2021】

After: It is anticipated that robots powered by Artificial Intelligence will make considerable progress in the coming years, playing a vital role in future societies.

Before: The use of environmental taxes is a tool for the optimal allocation of resources to increase social welfare. 【Norouzi 2022】

After: Environmental taxes are an effective means of allocating resources to improve social welfare.

Rewriting inappropriately long sentences

Before: According to the characteristic of fan-coil air-conditioning systems, this paper derives the cooling formula of fan-coil units based on heat transfer theories and puts forward a new method to gauge cooling named Cooling Metering on the Airside, which can monitor the individual air-conditioning cooling consumption during a period of time by detecting the parameters of inlet air condition – temperature and humidity – of the fan-coil air-conditioning system as well as the parameters of inlet cooling water provided by the chiller.

After: The cooling formula of fan-coil units is derived from heat transfer theories. A new method, Cooling Metering on the Airside, is put forward to gauge cooling. The individual air-conditioning cooling consumption during a period of time can be monitored by detecting the parameters of inlet air condition – temperature and humidity – of the fan-coil air-conditioning system as well as the parameters of inlet cooling water provided by the chiller.

Writing out your thoughts

Writing Assistant can work on phrases or sentence fragments. Just describe what you think and it will help you write full sentences.

Before: internet, too many opinions, conflict, no listen to each other, polarized

After: The internet has brought about a deluge of opinions, which has lead to increased conflict as people struggle to be heard. Instead of listening to each other, people have become polarized, only valuing opinions that confirm their own.

Before: fNIRS, good; fMRI, worse in cost

After: fNIRS is a more cost-effective option than fMRI for studying brain activity.

Before: 11 participants, 4 male 7 female, all right-handed, mean age 23.5.

After: A total of 11 right-handed individuals (4 males, 7 females), with an average age of 23.5 years, participated in the study.

Multilingual

Writing Assistant understands many languages. Feel free to write in your own language and it will help you convert to English. It does a lot more than translating.

Before: fnirs 越来越流行。fnirs相对fmri,有几个优势。so, fnirs 在多个领域 has many unique 应用

After: The popularity of FNIRS is increasing due to its advantages over fMRI. FNIRS has several unique applications in various fields.

Before: adicción a internet, niños, grave, mental

After: Internet addiction among children is a serious mental health issue.

Continuing writing

Writing Assistant is able to help you continue your writing.

Before: The sun has the following planets

After: The sun has the following planets: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Pluto.

Before: Immunotherapy is effective in treating cancers. The cancers that have been treated using immunotherapy include

After: Immunotherapy is effective in treating cancers. The cancers that have been treated using immunotherapy include melanoma, lung cancer, kidney cancer, bladder cancer, and head and neck cancer.

Before: Internet addiction among adolescents is a serious problem and causing

After: Internet addiction among adolescents is a serious problem and causing great concern to parents, teachers and health professionals.

Please note that the text may not be facts. Please check literature.

More than papers

Writing assistants can help you revise not only your papers, but also other written communications such as emails, news, blogs, and websites.

Before: My name is Josh from X University. I admire your work. I want to study under you next year. Is it OK?

After: I am Josh, a student from X University. I have been following your work and I am very impressed. I would like to study under your mentorship and learn from you next year. Would that be possible?

Try Writing Assistant for free

Want to try yourself? 

How to use?

Please go to Stork main page (logging in required), scroll down to the Advanced Feature section, check the “Add to subscription” box and then click “Subscribe” Button.

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