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The most basic secret to successful academic paper writing: Structure

There is nothing magical about successfully writing and publishing academic papers. Our Charlesworth Knowledge training team have many years of collective writing and publishing experience, so we are able to distil down the key ‘secrets’ and pass them onto you to enhance your career. You’d never just jump into a car and start to drive without taking some lessons first, would you? Sadly, most academic authors do just start to try and write their own papers without any training at all: in writing, publishing, and peer review, early-career researchers (ECRs) are very often just expected to ‘learn on the job’.

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Did you know that one of the key secrets to successful academic paper writing and publishing is a clear understanding of basic structure?

Did you know that an academic paper (irrespective of length) is actually comprised of just two parts?

One of the reasons so many papers submitted to high impact factor (IF) journals get ‘desk rejected’ by editors is that most people simply don’t realise that they need to put as much work into the top part of their article (the title and abstract, collectively the first section of an academic paper) as they put into the rest (the introduction, methods, results, and discussion). Editors really will just read the title and abstract of your next submission (alongside the covering letter, of course) to form an initial impression and therefore to make a decision. Is this work interesting and important to my readers? Should it be sent out for peer review? 

Academic writing is a key skill that can be learned. However, there’s a reason that ‘researchers’ are so named: they are not writers, instead focused on their key research questions, and on collecting and analysing data. Not writing papers. Academic authors also almost always forget who they are writing for: putting together a research paper is not the same as writing a report or clinical trial. You are writing for a specific target audience: the readership of your target journal. This is why it’s so very important to have decided on your initial target journal before you start to write. 

We teach these tips and more in our author training workshops (which can be booked via institutions). We also run regular training webinars that focus on the issues ECRs face writing and publishing their research. Why not join us for our next event by clicking here?

Our team also provides a range of expert English language editing services, consultancy, and journal selection services all designed and tried-and-tested to significantly enhance your chances of being successfully published in your preferred journal.

Why not get in touch with a member of our Charlesworth Author Services team for more information, and get your manusrcipt and grant application edited and polished by one of our PhD-level specialists working in your research field? To find out more, click here.

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