Weaving together your next paper: 6 “whats” and a “why”

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When I was an undergrad, the professor I most admired was always hammering home the point that when we write a scientific paper, we must not fail to include these “3 Essentials,” in order: What we did; what we found; what it means. These are the barest requirements for telling any good story – andRead more

How long will I wait after submitting to a journal?

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It’s the most nail-biting, nerve-wracking part of academic publishing, in my opinion: You work for months – or longer – on a project, collect and analyze all the data, and finally write the whole thing up (with the help of a qualified editor, yes?) and submit it to the journal that you hope will beRead more

The top 3 pieces of advice for your next journal submission

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I’ve reviewed many dozens (perhaps even hundreds) of manuscripts across the behavioral, social, and medical sciences, and I’ve also been fortunate to see many of the peer reviews that come back from initial submissions. It’s surprising how consistently certain criticisms are made by reviewers, and it makes me think that a few points of advice toRead more

If not impact factor, then what?

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In the last blog post, I talked about impact factor (IF) and what it might or might not tell you about a journal’s reputation and quality. If you read that post, you have a basic understanding of the shortcomings of using IF as your sole source of information when deciding how well respected the journalRead more

Understanding journal impact factors

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If you have ever had the task of finding the right journal for your paper, you may have considered the impact factors of several journals. Despite its many flaws, impact factor is still the most common metric for evaluating the prestige of scientific journals. In this post, we’ll take a brief look at impact factorRead more

Which journal should I choose?

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I work with authors from around the world, and one of the most common questions they ask is this: How do I know which journal is the best home for my article? In fact, this is such a common question that Editoracle now offers journal recommendation as one of its core services. So in thisRead more

Germanisms: Did I do it? Or have I done it?

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One of the trickiest things for non-native English speakers is to choose wisely between past tense and past participle (e.g., “several studies showed” versus “several studies have shown”). Here is a little tip to help you remember the right ways to use these two tenses. A tip! Past tense is normally used when an actionRead more