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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

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

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

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

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

Steps to writing an effective discussion section

The purpose of the Discussion is to state your interpretations and opinions, explain the implications of your findings, and make suggestions for future research. Its main function is to answer the questions posed in the Introduction, explain how the results support the

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Posted in Journal article, Medical Writing, Review article, Scientific writing, Writing

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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