Building on my own experience writing and publishing papers (more than 260 in my career to-date) as well as my work as a journal managing editor and reviewer, I’ve put together a list of ten top tips you might refer to when thinking about working on your next research paper.
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1. What is your key message? Make sure you identify this before you start to write
2. Target journal. It’s critical to determine your target journal before starting to write.
3. Plan your structure. Learn to know what goes where.
4. The article must have an engaging Title – the Title is the shop window to your article.
5. Ensure your key messages are in the Abstract.
6. Try using a three part Introduction.
7. Use the same basic structure in the Methods, Results, and Discussion sections.
8. Take time over your cover letter.
9. Know who you want, and who you don’t want, to review your paper. Try to get these names into your cover letter if at all possible.
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