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A tool to write rapidly your next Science paper

Google Scribe might help you in writing better manuscripts.

Let face it, most scientist are not English mother-tongue. Me neither. It is important for me to write clearly when I want to communicate an idea, however it is still painful to build some key phrases as the construction that I have in mind in Italian, does not fit with English. I'm obliged to bend my argumentation to fulfill English rules, but while doing so, my writing loses immediacy, because my English is not smart. Not yet.

Here comes Google Scribe. Apparently, when you write, Scribe suggests you relevant words, thanks to a comparative engine that is based on a correct English corpus. This is good, I mean, I'm not obliged to follow Scribe's suggestions, but having them in real time, allows me to have the pulse about my distance from average English.
NYC - Metropolitan Museum of Art - Haremhab as a Scribe
If you didn't try yet Google Scribe, it is worth a minute of your time. Just start typing, if you accept a suggestion, a space bar stroke will fix it and you will continue typing the next following word. If you think rapidly, this is really going to increase your writing rate.

Now comes the question: how does Scribe prioritizes its suggestions? I think it could be useful to tell it what you are going to write: a love letter? a scientific paper? a novel? Because Google Scholar and Google Books are plenty of full-text corpora, it could be good if you could adapt the suggestions based on the appropriate corpus. So, I added this idea in Scribe's feedback poll box. If you like it, you can vote it.

Update 2012: Google Scribe is not more available as self-standing software, but is included in the experimental session of Blogger in Draft.