Vocabulary in.. Reading scientific papers

Read about how to read a scientific paper, and pick up ten new vocabulary items along the way. Test your new vocab using the flashcards on this page!

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A trend in academia according to which researchers share their work freely among each other.

open access

Careful about which option you choose.


Adjective to describe things, or material that is packed tightly together.


Become actively involved with a discussion, a person, or a thing.

engage with

Accept an idea or a practice readily.


It seems reasonable or believable, given the evidence.

makes sense

Claims that are only 50% true.

half truths

Information that you don’t want anybody else to know about.

a closely kept secret

Proceed with caution.

be wary

People who don’t have the courage to take risks.

the faint-hearted

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