May 23 2020

Does Supplementary Material Data Disappear?

Journals insist that accessing the supplementary material for a manuscript becomes a headache for them, mostly because they appear as broken links. Instead they prefer them in the form of repositories. Read ahead to find out why publishers prefer repositories.Most research projects produce large amo

September 10 2019

How Can Researchers Get the Most from Wiley Online Library?

You can also listen to this article as an audio recording. Last week, I began to do some basic research for a new project I am planning. Of course, like every other researcher, I started with my go-to online academic libraries. It made me think – life must have been much more difficult for researche

February 15 2019

Why Do Open Access Publications Get Higher Citations

Open access (OA) is a publishing model gaining in popularity. In the last five years, there has been a strong push from many major institutions to shift partially or fully to open access. Plan S, an initiative by a group of 11 European funding agencies requires that all funding recipients publish in

December 12 2018

Are Ghost Authors Affecting the Authenticity of Clinical Trials?

Ghost authors — individuals that make a large contribution to a research article but are not listed as an author — appear to be common in large clinical trials. These clinical trials are instrumental in testing medical treatments before their approval by the regulating authority. Therefore, they nee

March 25 2018

8 Most Common Types of Plagiarism to Stay Away from!

Plagiarism, or passing someone else’s work as your own, is not a new phenomenon in research. It has gained greater attention with the advent of technology that has made it easier to uncover instances of plagiarism. There are many types of plagiarism already described. Although no degree of plagiaris

March 24 2018

Why are Manuscript Revisions Necessary?

Just imagine, it is 1970 and you are a young physicist working in black hole theory, which was a new and startling topic in the early 1970s. You have discovered what comes to be known as the second law of black hole dynamics, a significant scientific discovery. You realize the importance of your wor

January 23 2018

Tips on Manuscript Resubmission: How to Write a Good Rebuttal Letter

Following from ‘Five Tips for Writing a Good Rebuttal Letter’, we revisit the theme of manuscript resubmission to academic journals. The initial feedback from editors and reviewer’s about one’s work can trigger a variety of reactions based on its analysis. While authors seek positive feedback in gen

January 10 2018

Finished Submitting a Journal Manuscript: What’s Next?

Every paper submitted to a good scientific journal goes through peer review. Manuscript submission is just the very beginning of what could be a lengthy process, at the end of which the manuscript may get rejected or accepted.Usually, the journal editor is the first to see your paper. The editor dec

December 19 2017

MECA: Simplify Your Manuscript Resubmission

Every scientist knows the pain caused by journal rejection. To ensure compliance, researchers need to modify manuscripts based on the referee suggestions. In certain cases, resubmission to a new journal could be the only viable option. This can be painful. Each journal also has its own style and rul

November 24 2017

How to Avoid Plagiarism in Research Papers (Part 2)

In our previous article, we introduced the definition of plagiarism and instructions on reusing intellectual output from others without committing plagiarism. We also provided links to helpful tools to help organize your references (e.g., EndNote or Reference Manager) and check plagiarism (e.g., iTh

November 22 2017

Similarity Check: A Unique Plagiarism Screening Tool

Manuscripts provide novel insights that reflect the authenticity and originality of the work when writing and sharing data. To combat plagiarism in manuscripts, CrossCheck (now Similarity Check) has been increasingly used to prevent plagiarism, or reduce the number of duplicate submissions. Similari

October 27 2017

How to Withdraw Manuscript after Submission

You have just completed manuscript submission process for your target journal. The next steps would be initial review by the editor followed by the peer review by the invited experts. During these steps, you wait for the decision. However, in some cases, you may want to withdraw your manuscript. Fo

October 5 2017

Fixing Errors in a Published Paper: Tips for Authors

Mistakes in academic publishing happen for all sorts of reasons. They range from simple typographic errors to willful manipulation of findings or results. The way in which these errors are handled depends largely on their severity or magnitude and whether they were intentional. Tips for authors as t

October 3 2017

How to Submit Your Paper in PubMed

PubMed Central (PMC) is a free resource that provides access to millions of peer-reviewed articles in the biomedical and life sciences field, mainly from the MEDLINE database. The archive is maintained by the US National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and allows autho

September 15 2017

How to Turn Your Thesis into a Journal Article

In many cases, publishing thesis is often one of the requirements for graduate students to finish their academic program. Publishing research findings is one of the more important ways to share research data with the scientific community. However, the structure of it is different from that of a rese

August 25 2017

OSCOSS: A Collaborative Tool for Social Science Researchers

Publishing academic research is one of the ways by which scholars communicate their findings with each other. As with any science, data is collected, analyzed, and presented; it is the primary source of any research. However, this publishing process is time-consuming for not only authors but even pu

August 18 2017

Know the Journey Behind an Editorial Decision in the Digital Age

After months of data collection, data analysis, and manuscript preparation, it is a huge relief when you finally submit your manuscript for publication. However, what happens to a research paper after you have clicked ”submit”? The review process can take many months; this is a long time to wait whe

June 21 2017

What is a Camera-Ready Copy?

“Camera-ready” copy refers to the final stage of text, tables, and illustrations of a manuscript and includes proper formatting. What is submitted as camera ready is printed as it is with no revisions. The term was originally coined because the manuscript was sent to a printer to be photographed for

May 15 2017

LaTeX: Is it the Standard for Scientific Document Preparation?

LaTeX is a document preparation system based on a typesetting system called “TeX”, developed by Donald Knuth (Professor Emeritus at Stanford University) in 1974. The word TeX finds its origins in the Greek word for art/skill/craft (and is pronounced “tech” as in “technology.”) Professor Knuth design

April 24 2017

Identifying Predatory Journals Using Evidence-based Characteristics

Academic researchers are under pressure to publish their research in order to advance at their educational institution, solicit funding for their research or programs, or even to maintain their employment. Publishers, such as BioMed Central, who provide open-access publishing through its nearly 300

March 25 2017

Tackling Common Problems in Scientific Publication

Research publication in a peer-reviewed journal is considered to be a significant milestone in any researcher’s career. A publication indicates the researcher’s interest in the field as well as the contribution to the field of science. The publication cycle can be quite daunting for early stage rese

March 14 2017

Drafting a Pre-submission Inquiry

When considering submitting their research paper to one or more journals, it is a good idea for authors to send pre-submission inquiries to the editorial team. These inquiries are valuable to both the author and the journal editors because they initiate dialogue between them to iron out any queries

March 13 2017

Predatory Journals: Exposing the Flaws in Academic Research

Predatory journals make money by offering fast-track publication of low-quality scientific research without the hassle of editorial and peer review. They have been widely criticized by the academic and publishing community for undermining the quality of science, the reputation of honest scientists,