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As is so often the case, the things we may have learned as “rules” for starting a sentence are not always universal. We may have been taught that a sentence should never start with a conjunction, or an acronym, or an Arabic numeral, but is that always the case?

At the request of Gifu University, Edanz Group delivered two introductory-level writing workshops to graduates and early-career researchers to enhance their skills and confidence in writing for peer-reviewed journals.


Most of the time, we know when to use a capital letter: the names of people and places, the first word of a sentence, and when citing a direct quote “Xxxxx”. However, there are some common areas where many writers run into confusion about using capital letters. Knowing when to capitalize increases the presentation value of a manuscript, so we’ve provided below a list of recommendations for some of these common issues and the correct use of capitalization in these cases.



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On 20-23 April 2016, Edanz delivered three one-day research communication workshops to early-career researchers at the Universidad de los Andes (UniAndes), Bogota, Colombia.

Edanz Group was invited to make a second visit to the medical campus of Gunma University, Japan, on 26-27 March 2016 as a follow-up of an Edanz seminar on making presentations that was given earlier in the year. During this visit, Dr Trevor Lane and Dr Julian Tang held an interactive workshop on medical research reporting for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

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