Getting work published is the goal of every scientist. But unfortunately the process is competitive and difficult. So, we’ve filtered through the Naturejobs archives to find some great content to help you out!
Even though this was a few years ago, the advice given in Writing a paper: habits of successful authors still stands true today, and this was our starting point for this month. Bernd Pulverer, head of scientific publications at the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO), shared some insights with attendees at the Naturejobs Career Expo in Heidelberg, Germany in May 2011.
Once you’ve written your manuscript, should you get someone to read over it before sending it in for review? Karen Kaplan from Nature Careers asks the question in Publishing, a helping hand. She explores some of the benefits you can get by using editor services, for example getting help with re-structuring, copy-editing and formatting.
Publications: publish like a pro, by Kendall Powel gives some tips on the process of publishing a paper from start to finish. “If you’ve got the gut feeling that you’ve got good stuff, you’ve just got to be persistent…” said Matt Rayner in the article.
Once you’ve got your paper written up and sent into the journal of your choice, it’s now up to the reviewers. Peer-review tips for young researchers gives a great summary of the advice of Alaa Ibrahim, an astrophysicist from the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He gave advice to young researchers about starting their research career and how to handle the peer reviewing process.
And finally, this week’s podcast was all about scientific publishing and a digital future. Although not specifically about careers or tips on how to publish, this three-way conversation between Julie Gould, Euan Adie and Alex Hodgson gives plenty of food for thought on how the digital publishing world is changing.