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From submission to sharing: the life cycle of an article

When an author decides to submit a manuscript for publication, that manuscript begins its life cycle, going through many phases as it is checked, refined and adjusted. Here we follow an article through its life cycle, to understand the different

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Posted in Academic Writing, Case report, Communication, Editing, Education, Impact Factor, Interdisciplinary research, Journal article, Medical Writing, Open access, Peer Review, Peer-reviewed Journal, Proofreading, Review article, Science and Technology, Scientific writing

5 writing tips to get your research the attention it deserves

Your research has been published, and you know that it will change the world. You expect that the press, TV, radio and internet will pick up the wave and it will be like a tsunami – the new discovery that

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Posted in Academic Writing, Case report, Communication, Science, Science and Technology, Scientific writing

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

Let’s shine a light on paywalls that deny open access to scientific research

Reviewing scientific literature can be a bit like trying to negotiate a maze with the lights turned off. For years I was fumbling around in the dark, but didn’t realise I was missing out. Now the Open Access Button campaign wants us

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Posted in Case report, Education, Journal article, Open access, Peer Review, Peer-reviewed Journal, Review article, Science, Scientific editing, Scientific Journal, Scientific writing

Worst practices that misconduct authors

There are several ideas going around in my head regarding the reasons for the growing plagiarism in academic publications and that someone is willing to get into this game for money: There is great pressure to publish. Capitalism is pervading everything. In general, professors

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Posted in Case report, Editing, Journal article, Medical Writing, Peer Review, Review article, Science, Scientific editing, Scientific writing, Writing

Why we are not ready for radical changes in science publishing?

There are indeed concerns about the current science publishing model, but until major changes in grant funding are incorporated, researchers will continue to lust after publications in high-tier journals. Having had the honor of attending back-to-back lectures by Nobel awardees

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Posted in Case report, Impact Factor, Journal article, Journal Selection, Peer Review, Peer-reviewed Journal, Science, Scientific Journal

Six things to do before writing your manuscript

A new study, “How to Prepare a Manuscript for International Journals” — a seasoned editor gives advice to boost your chances of acceptance I think that sometimes researchers are not trained by their supervisors in writing scientific papers during the

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Posted in Case report, Chicago Manual Style, Communication, Editing, Health Education, Impact Factor, Interdisciplinary research, Journal article, Journal Selection, Manuscript format, Medical Communication, Medical Writing, Peer Review, Proofreading, Review article, Scientific editing, Scientific writing, Writing

Appearance of Lyme disease rash can help predict how bacteria spreads through body

Lyme disease is often evident by a rash on the skin, but infections do not always produce similar rashes. This can make it difficult to detect the disease early, when antibiotic treatment is most effective. In today’s issue of the Biophysical

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Posted in Biology, Biotechnology, Case report, Chemistry, Communication, Editing, Education, Health Education, Journal article, Medical Communication, Medical Writing, Medicine, Molecular Biology, Neurology, Peer Review, Physics, Proofreading, Review article, Science

New study confirms that eating healthy does indeed cost more

On average, eating healthy costs about $1.50 more per day than the least healthy diets, a new study finds. The extra cost seems insignificant at first — a small cup of coffee often costs more — but it all adds up to

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Posted in Biology, Biotechnology, Case report, Chemistry, Communication, Economics, Education, Health Education, Interdisciplinary research, Journal article, Medical Communication, Medical Writing, Medicine, Molecular Biology, Review article, Science, Science and Technology, Scientific editing

New article format aims to prevent ‘sloppiness’ in science

The journal Cortex launched an innovation in scientific publishing called a Registered Report. Unlike conventional publishing models, Registered Reports split the review process into two stages. Initially, experimental methods and proposed analyses are pre-registered and reviewed before data are collected. Then, if peer

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