Writing your paper
Transform completed research into a manuscript ready for submission
Turning your research into a manuscript can sometimes be daunting, especially in a digital era where online discoverability is of paramount importance. The resources below can help you prepare your manuscript for submission, whilst also thinking of its future as a published and discoverable article.
There is no shortage of general advice on the web on how to write all kinds of scholarly medical articles. The most influential resource is the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (ICMJE), and this is the best place to start when sitting down to write a paper. [ … ]
Search engines like Google and Google Scholar, as well as indexing services like PubMed, are now the first port of call for researchers to discover articles they want to read or cite. [ … ]
If you’re not a native English speaker, we recommend you get your manuscript edited by native speakers before submitting. Professional services can improve language, grammar, spelling and punctuation, which allows reviewers and editors to focus on the scientific content. [ … ]
Study protocols report planned or ongoing research; we’ll consider publishing your protocol only if the data collection is still in progress (i.e. not complete). [ … ]
The ICMJE Recommendations state what authorship credit requires. [ … ]