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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

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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Posted in Journal article, Peer Review, Peer-reviewed Journal, Scientific editing

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

The inexorable rise of open access scientific publishing

A new study shows that the rise of open access publishing of academic research is faster than anyone had previously realized. Before 2000 the vast majority of research papers were published in journals that could only be read by academics if

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Posted in Communication, Journal article, Open access, Peer-reviewed Journal, Science, Science and Technology, Scientific Journal

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

Peer review: how to get it right – 10 tips

  1) Be professional. It’s called peer review for a reason. You, putative reviewer, are the peer. If you don’t do it for them why should they do it for you? This is a core part of your job as an

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Posted in Journal article, Medical Writing, Peer Review, Peer-reviewed Journal, Scientific Journal, Scientific writing

Open access: six myths to put to rest

Open access to research is still held back by misunderstandings repeated by people who should know better, says reader Open access to academic research has never been a hotter topic. But it’s still held back by myths and misunderstandings repeated by people who

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Posted in Journal Selection, Open access, Peer-reviewed Journal, Science

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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