April 26 2020

Want to Publish in PLOS Journals? Here’s What You Need to Know

“Getting rejections from top tier journals is very frustrating because publication is key to getting your findings known, as well as for obtaining grants,” says Yvonne Fondufe-Mittendorf, a researcher at the University of Kentucky, USA.Surely, most researchers would agree. Publication is key to the

March 9 2020

All About ICMJE that Medical Journal Editors Should Know

Medical research is crucial; we realize that even more so in this time of crisis of the Coronavirus attack. However, the authenticity of the research is equally important, especially when it is medical science research that we are talking about. In fact, there’s a small group of medical journal edit

September 11 2019

Ten Reasons Why Elsevier Journals Reject Your Article

You can also listen to this article as an audio recording. Publishing is a critical part of any successful researcher’s career. But getting published in well-known and high-impact journals can be challenging. All authors feel disappointment when any reputed high-impact journal rejects their article.

September 21 2018

APC-Based Publishing: Is It Worth the Price?

The move towards open access (OA) has been embraced by a number of journals. However, one issue that arises when discussing OA is the fact that some journals do not charge article processing charges (APCs). OA journals do away with paywalls, but they need to make a profit elsewhere. It was also note

June 11 2018

Storytelling in Science: Communicate Your Research in Style

As children, we often have fond memories of enjoying a story at our bedside. Perhaps, we have pleasant memories of story time during our primary years of school. Even as adults, we enjoy curling up in the bed with a good book, to escape to another world, into the life of a character. The secret of o

May 11 2018

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Style Guide: A Brief Overview

There are many different style guides, and it is important for researchers to understand how and when to use them. But drafting your manuscript to meet specific style guidelines can be challenging. In this article, we will take a brief look at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) style guide for a

March 21 2018

What You Need to Know About the Manuscript Appendix

Research papers are packed with information; however, not all of it needs to be included in your main paper. Although you want to share all of it, your paper should focus on only those data that are relevant to your hypothesis and conclusions. So, what do you do with the rest of the data? Where do y

December 29 2017

IEEE Style Guide: How Do You Add References and Citations in Your Manuscript?

The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is an organization whose mission is to advance technology to benefit humankind. IEEE is recognized for its continuing support of technical professionals and its contributions to increasing innovations in technical fields, such as electroni

November 23 2017

A Quick Guide on Using Vancouver Referencing and Citation Style

Citation methods vary by academic discipline. Science and medicine have its own preferred style. Vancouver referencing and citation style is a numbered referencing system that follows the rules established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Read on to learn how to ci

November 15 2017

Headnotes or Footnotes? A Quick Guide on Organizing Your Research Paper

In academic writing, footnotes, endnotes, and headnotes provide additional information on a particular topic. They are placed in the document as a supplement to the main text. These notes can be inserted into the document as a footer or at the end of a chapter.The notes should be kept as brief as po

November 14 2017

Should Journals Permit 1,000+ Researchers to Author 1 Article?

Publishing an article in a science journal earns its authors recognition and respect. It is a form of academic currency. This is because, traditionally, the meaning of an author reflected someone making a substantial contribution to the research project. However, in recent times, the meaning of an a

November 7 2017

Overleaf: Editable LaTeX Templates for IEEE, Elsevier, and Springer Journals

Most of the work published today is interdisciplinary and international, involving authors from different research areas and locations. In recent years, the cloud-based authoring tool, Overleaf has made sharing and publishing documents in an international environment much easier and effective.The on

September 14 2017

How to Choose a Style Guide for Academic Writing

A style guide is a reference book that provides rules for writing, such as grammar and syntax, in specific disciplines. These include how to format citations and references, which tend to be specific to the fields of study. Here, we explain some style guides used across different disciplines to help

September 8 2017

How to Cite in Harvard Referencing Style

Authors are required to follow referencing styles in academic writing. The Harvard style of referencing uses an author-date format for citations. Unlike other referencing styles, the Harvard style of referencing differs between institutions. However, there are two elements in Harvard style: in-text

September 5 2017

Why You Should Submit Supplementary Material with Your Manuscript

Increasingly, academic and scientific journals are requiring authors to submit their manuscripts with additional or supplemental material. These requirements can be found in the instructions for author’s page on each journal’s website.What is supplementary material? In brief, supplementary material

August 21 2017

How to Effectively Use the Turabian Style Guide in Research Papers

Image credits:Kristina Devoe via Kom-mun-i-ka’-ti-oWhenever you refer to another work, or idea in a written document, it is important to cite the source. There are a number of different style guides, which provide instructions on how to acknowledge the work and ideas of others. The style guide you s

August 17 2017

How Supplementary Information Can Strengthen Academic Papers

Supplementary information can be a very valuable tool in academic publishing, allowing authors to provide important additional material—such as experimental details, data sets, chemical structures, images, tables, audio files, and videos—which are necessary to support the main article but cannot be

August 8 2017

How to Use Bullet Lists and Number Lists in a Research Paper

Academic articles often include lists, which organize the material and provide the reader with a quick overview of a section. There are different ways to format lists, but some general principles apply to all of them: they should be constructed in a parallel fashion, and they should be consistent. N

July 24 2017

Academic Authorship: How Many Authors Are Too Many?

Publishing in academic journals remains the principal way to communicate scientific findings to the public and research community. Authorship on a manuscript is representative of the researcher’s contribution and assessment of merit as a scientist. However, there is still much confusion when it come

July 18 2017

How to Handle Author Names in APA Style

The APA Style uses a basic author-date citation style, where cited references are then listed in an APA Style Reference List, but what happens when the names get complicated? Professional titles like Captain, authors with only one name, and authors who change their names—all of these can cause confu

July 13 2017

Improving Biomedical Research Reporting with STROBE Statement

Biomedical research is often based on observational studies, so it is important that all observations are carried out carefully and reported in an appropriate way to ensure that they are reliable and useful. In 2004, an international group of medical researchers, methodologists, statisticians, and j

July 11 2017

Manuscript Status: Things You Need to Know After Submission

Your manuscript has been accepted, so what happens next? Generally, this is a three-step process: manuscript submission, peer review, and post-acceptance preparation. After a manuscript is submitted to a target journal, it undergoes peer review. However, several steps occur that often only the corre

June 29 2017

Best Practices for Using Headline Case

When people read in a hurry (especially when reading online material), they mostly skim through the details and pay attention only to the headlines. Headlines are the signposts that readers rely on when navigating a piece of writing; they tell the reader, at a quick glance, where to start and which

May 10 2017

Decoding Revisions to the 8th Edition of the MLA Style Guide

There are many protocols in academic writing because of style guides that are focused towards a specific discipline. For example, the Chicago Manual of Style, created by the University of Chicago, applies to all disciplines and presents complete instructions and guidelines for capitalization, punctu