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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

The things you hate most about submitting manuscripts

I asked in Twittersphere what annoys them the most when it comes to submitting manuscripts to peer-reviewed academic journals. From the irritation of having to reformat references to fit some journal’s arbitrary style, to consigning figures and captions to the

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Posted in APA Format, APA Style, Chicago Manual Style, Communication, Education, Impact Factor, Interdisciplinary research, Journal article, Manuscript format, MLA Format, MLA Style, Open access, Peer-reviewed Journal

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

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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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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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

Ten tips for reviewing scientific manuscripts and 5 red flags

Ten tips for reviewing 1. Ensure that the subject is within your purview of expertise: Thus, if you are an interventional cardiologist, it would probably be best if you declined an opportunity to review a manuscript involving the pathogenesis of

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Posted in Editing, Impact Factor, Journal article, Journal Selection, Review article, Scientific editing, Scientific writing

Ten things you need to know about the publishing process

1. Getting a paper published is a collaboration If there is one point that I’d most like you take away from this talk, it’s that the process of getting a paper published is a collaboration among authors, reviewers and editors.

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Eight reasons why journal rejects your article

When a manuscript is submitted to a high-quality scholarly journal, it goes through intense scrutiny  — even before it’s seen by the editor-in-chief and selected for peer review. A journal editor reveals the top reasons so many manuscripts don’t make it

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How to choose the right journal for your manuscript?

Choosing the right journal for a manuscript can be a challenging exercise, and many factors are likely to influence the final decision. Factors involved include the visibility of the journal, the focus of the journal and how well it matches the topic of the manuscript, the

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