Yearly Archives: 2015

How to review manuscripts — your ultimate checklist

This is one of various “Quick Guides” in the Publishing Campus.

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Infographic: How to read a scientific paper?

Much of a scientist’s work involves reading research papers, whether it’s to stay up to date in their field, advance their scientific understanding, review manuscripts, or gather information for a project proposal or grant application. Because scientific articles are different

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Posted in Communication, Education, Journal article, Medical Writing, Proofreading, Science, Scientific Journal

It’s time for academic writing to evolve — a brief communication, why and how?

Communication is a vital part of the academic process: sharing results with your peers means your research builds the knowledge base, adding to our understanding of the universe and everything that goes on inside it. So why does the writing

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Posted in Academic Writing, Communication, Medical Writing, Scientific editing, Scientific writing

Infographic: How to write better science papers

Reporting results in a scientific journal is a process common to researchers in all disciplines. However, many scientific papers fail to communicate research work effectively. Pitfalls include using complicated jargon, including unnecessary details, and writing for your highly specialized colleagues

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Infographic: Tips for designing better research posters

Research posters are a common way to show the results of your research to the academic community. Researchers present posters at conferences to communicate their work in a summarized form to a broader audience. The research poster must be clear,

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Referencing and avoiding plagiarism

Referencing is an essential part of academic scholarship and ethical values demand that authors identify the sources used in their work. You are referencing in order to: Acknowledge an intellectual debt to another author where you have drawn from his or

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Posted in Communication, Journal article, Review article, Writing

How to write an A+ research paper

This article lists some of the stages involved in writing a library-based research paper. Although this list suggests that there is a simple, linear process to writing such a paper, the actual process of writing a research paper is often

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Posted in Communication, Editing, Education, Impact Factor, Interdisciplinary research, Journal article, Journal Selection, Manuscript format, Medical Communication, Medical Writing, Peer Review, Science, Scientific editing, Scientific writing, Writing

What is open peer review?

History of traditional (closed) peer review Even though scientific publishing has been around since the 17th century, formal peer review of submitted articles by external academics is relatively new. The journals Science and JAMA, for example, introduced formal peer review in the 1940s,

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Posted in Communication, Education, Peer Review, Peer-reviewed Journal

Writing the first draft of your science paper — some dos and don’ts

Four steps to preparing your first draft Here is the process I use: Think about the topic you want to present, for some days or weeks. Make figures and tables. Then write as quickly as possible, as if thinking out

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Posted in Case report, Communication, Impact Factor, Journal article, Journal Selection, Manuscript format, Medical Writing, Scientific writing, Writing

Presubmittal peer review for high-impact research

In more collegial, less competitive times researchers used pre-submission peer review to obtain frank, constructive feedback from trusted colleagues before sending their manuscript to a journal. But pre-submission review now appears to be rare in the current publish-or-perish environment. Journal-managed

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