Writing TipsWriting the piece of content is one of the most important aspects to having it accepted for publication. You do not want to rush through the processes; otherwise, the piece will probably be rejected. The best place to start is to consider the target audience and adjust your writing to fit with their knowledge and educational levels. For instance, if you want to write a piece for teenagers and have it published in a scientific journal that is appropriate for their age group, you need to make sure the content can be easily understood and avoid using jargon that they might not be aware of or know. Once you have identified your target audience, your next steps should include:
• Find the Right Journal • Review the Journal’s Author Guidelines and Scope • Draft an Outline • Review, Edit, and Modify the Outline • Compose the Content • Verify the Title Reflects the Theme • Confirm the Abstract Captures the Main Points of the Paper • Have Your Peers Read the Paper and Provide Feedback • Revise the Paper as Needed • Have the Contend Edited/Reviewed by a ProfessionalDuring the early stages, while you are creating the outline and preparing to write the paper, it is beneficial to review your research notebook and other reference notebooks where you documented your research to ensure you remain on topic. When you are ready to submit your paper to the journal, you will want to make sure to include a cover letter. Cover letters provide the opportunity to impress the editors or chief editors of various journal publications. Consider it like having a face-to-face meeting to explain and persuade the editor to publish your paper. Cover letters should include several key components, not just a copied title and abstract from the paper.
• An Outline of the Main Theme • Persuasive Arguments for the Importance of the Paper • Justification of the Relevance for the Target Audience • Acknowledgment of Colleagues and Peers that Already Reviewed the Paper and Their Feedback
Keep in mind, a cover letter should be concise and direct. It is easy to try to fit too much into the cover letter so that it ends up being several pages long. Rather, a good rule of thumb is to limit the cover letter to about half a page, but no more than a single page. Last, remember to thank the editor for his or her time and consideration.
In the event your paper is rejected, review the feedback provided and make revisions to the content before resubmitting it. For all of your lab, research, and scientific notebook needs, please feel free to contact SNCO today at 800.537.3028.