What Editors Want: An Author's Guide to Scientific Journal Publishing

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University of Chicago Press, Dec 7, 2012 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 178 pages
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Research publications have always been key to building a successful career in science, yet little if any formal guidance is offered to young scientists on how to get research papers peer reviewed, accepted, and published by leading scientific journals. With What Editors Want, Philippa J. Benson and Susan C. Silver, two well-respected editors from the science publishing community, remedy that situation with a clear, straightforward guide that will be of use to all scientists.

Benson and Silver instruct readers on how to identify the journals that are most likely to publish a given paper, how to write an effective cover letter, how to avoid common pitfalls of the submission process, and how to effectively navigate the all-important peer review process, including dealing with revisions and rejection. With supplemental advice from more than a dozen experts, this book will equip scientists with the knowledge they need to usher their papers through publication.

 

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Contents

1 Who cares what Editors want?
1
2 Changing perspective from author to Editor
7
3 Judging the newness of your science
12
4 Authorship issues
26
5 Choosing the right journal
40
7 How to write a cover letter
65
8 Preparing for manuscript submission or What Editors wish you knew
74
9 Who does what in peer review
97
12 Trends in scientific publishing
141
Resources for improving science writing
155
Databases with free access to articles or abstracts
159
Presubmission checklist
161
Free and lowcost image resources
164
The Brussels Declaration
166
References
169
Index
171

10 Dealing with decision letters
111
11 Ethical issues in publishing
128

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About the author (2012)

Philippa J. Benson has taught science writing and technical communication at Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown, the United Nations, and the National Institutes of Health, and has launched scientific publications for two conservation organizations. Susan C. Silver is editor-in-chief of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, published by the Ecological Society of America. Previously, she held editorial positions at Academic Press and the British Dental Association and was editor ofBiologist and the Lancet Oncology.

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