Writing an Article for Publication
Turn that languishing paper
into a stunning journal submission
How to Get Published
- Write your article with a specific journal's standards in mind
- Choose your journal carefully, considering the "Aims and Scope" statement
- Ensure that your article presents novel idea and contextualizes that idea
- Before submitting your article, have it carefully edited for style, clarity, grammar, and other issues.
- Expect the review process to take several months
5 Tips for Getting Published
- Choose a project that excites you, that advances the field, that matters
- Tell a great story, paying attention to the flow of the manuscript
- Choose the best journal for your paper: be ambitious, but don't aim too high
- Don't overstate your findings, don't ignore the work of others, and don't hold back data
- Be careful with your data and figures; report what you see, not what you wished to see
General Guides to Writing Publishable Articles
How to Write a Publishable Paper as a Class Project (Harvard University)
Checklist for a Publishable Paper (Science)
Publishing as a Graduate Student & Tips for Submitting a Manuscript for Submission (Craig Dennis Howard)
Eight Tips on Writing Efficiently While Overloaded with Teaching, Service, & Kids (Steve Engler, on TheProfessorIsIn)
Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks (Wendy Laura Belcher)
Publishing Connect Webinar Series (Elsevier)
Addressing Reviewer Comments (PHD Comics)
Writing for Peer-Reviewed Journals: Strategies for Getting Published (Pat Thompson, book)
Seven Reasons Why Journals Reject Papers (Pat Thompson, blog)
On Cover Letters
Writing a Cover Letter for Your Scientific Manuscript (American Journal Experts)
More coming soon!
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