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Top 8 tips help you to turn your PhD thesis into an article

Many first-time authors use the research conducted as part of their PhD or even Master’s thesis as a basis for a journal article. While that’s a logical step, the requirements for a thesis differ from those of a paper in

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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

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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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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Post publication peer-review: Everything stays, and changes the same

In the early days of scientific societies (i.e. the 17th century), scientists would share their experimental results with each other at meetings, and receive feedback about their experiments in person.  (The scientific journal wasn’t invented until later.)  As the scientific

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Posted in Communication, Education, Open access, Peer Review, Review article, Science, Science and Technology, Scientific editing, Scientific Journal

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

Peer review needs to expand so that more scientists are reviewing papers

A new tool that selects peer reviewers by algorithm could make the peer review process more reliable, by sources The more peer reviews on a paper from top scientists, the stronger the peer review signal. Technology has changed some aspects of science tremendously.

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Posted in Communication, Open access, Peer Review, Peer-reviewed Journal, Scientific editing, Scientific Journal

Why open access should be a key issue for university leaders

Universities are digital machines these days. But many of the decisions that have to be made as a result are not technical at all. They are about the nature of research and its public benefits, about how learning and teaching takes place,

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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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