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  • Ian M. Gralnek, Clinical Professor of Medicine / Gastroenterology

How to Get Published in High Quality Journals - 14 Tips for Success

Why Should You Publish

Share your research with others

Gets you known in your field

Gets you academically promoted

Brings prestige to your institution (Emek, Technion)

Impact medical practice, society may benefit

Its fun to see your name in print

How Do You Get Published

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Here Are My Tips

Tip #1 – Read the Medical Literature

Read, read, read and read some more

Dedicate time to read (daily, weekly)

Learn from well-written papers

Learn from less well-written papers

Become a journal reviewer

Tip #2 – Find a Mentor(s)

 

Tip #3 – Learn to Write Scientifically

If English is not your native language: take lessons, find a trusted English-language editor, find a professional translation service

Understand your audience

Tell a “story”, make it interesting

Tip #4 – Dedicate Time for Medical Writing

Write every day (30-40 minutes is adequate)

Find the best time of day to write for you

Turn off your phone, close your email

Would not dedicate “weekend” for writing entire paper
–Usually does not happen, leads to frustration

Tip #5 – Choose Wisely Where to Publish

Journals, clinical reviews, book chapters

How to choose Journal

Is topic appropriate for that journal?
Contact journal editor-in-chief to inquire if interested?
Is journal peer-reviewed?
Most appropriate readership?
Impact factor, journal prestige
Length of time from submission to publication

Tip #6 - Know What Journal Editors Look For in a Manuscript

Quality of the research
–Good science - well planned, well executed study
–Good presentation of the data

Novelty, originality of the research

Topic is consistent with scope of journal

Topic will interest their journal’s readership

Will the paper be cited in the future
Improves the journal’s impact factor

Tip #7 – Know What Can Get Your Paper Rejected

Did not follow journal’s format, instructions
Poor grammar, syntax, punctuation
Spelling errors
Sloppy, repetitive text

Tip #8 – Write The Paper…Just Do It

Introduction

Engage the reader, but be brief
Tell a story, explain why the work is important, and state the aim(s) of the study
Think about your audience, who is reading your paper

Methods

 be clear, complete, logically organized
Provide enough information to allow assessment of results (could someone else repeat the study?)
Detail the statistical plan, include power calculations
Helsinki approval

Results

Be concise
Avoid repetition of text, tables and figures

Discussion

Start strongly – were aims of the research achieved?
Discuss significance and implications of results
Provide strengths and limitations of the study
Identify how your paper contributes to the literature
Be very careful about saying “this is the first paper to . . .”
Be careful not to oversell

Tip #9 – Be Compulsive Before You Submit

Proofread, proofread, proofread!!!
Ask others to read your paper before submitting
Mentors
Department chief
Colleagues
Follow journal format and submission instructions
Write a brief cover letter to the editor
Should clearly explain (but not overstate) the scientific importance of your paper
Submit with the consent of all co-authors
Submit to only one journal at a time