The importance of publishing   your science in English    Sharif University of Technology    Warren Raye, PhD    Senior Ed...
Customer Service  Background                   About me …                         Senior Life Sciences Editor
Why publish?               Nature is complex …
Why publish?   We use complex technologies               and methods to understand it …
Why publish?   …and the science is often               necessarily complex
Why publish?                 To exchange ideas globallyYour research is not complete until it is              published!
Why publish?               You have an obligation         Researchers are expected          to publish their findings
Why publish?                Publish or perish                   Funding                    Bodies      Grant              ...
Why publish?                  You must publish in English•   The international language of science•   Other scientists wan...
Peer review                 Manuscripts should be …Scientifically  relevant                  Scientifically               ...
Peer review              Your peers look for …•   Validity•   Significance•   Originality•   Clarity
Peer review                Improves your manuscript                Rejection      Acceptance                              ...
The process                          Submission to publication                              Peer review                   ...
The process                   Timelines      • 3–12 months …      • Depends on         – Manuscript type         – Availab...
Coverage and AvoidingStaffing Plan rejection   High quality research       Good design                        Original and...
Coverage and Avoiding       Reasons for rejection: theStaffing Plan rejection                scienceIncomplete            ...
Coverage and Avoiding         Reasons for rejection:Staffing Plan rejection                  the science                 W...
Coverage and Avoiding         Reasons for rejection: theStaffing Plan rejection                  science   Incomplete     ...
Coverage and Avoiding        Reasons for rejection: theStaffing Plan rejection                 science                    ...
Coverage and   Avoiding        Reasons for rejection: the  Staffing Plan   rejection                   manuscriptJournal r...
Coverage and Avoiding        Reasons for rejection: theStaffing Plan rejection                 manuscript                P...
Coverage and  Avoiding        Reasons for rejection: the Staffing Plan  rejection                  manuscriptJournal requi...
Coverage and  Avoiding        Reasons for rejection: the Staffing Plan  rejection                  manuscriptPoor grammar ...
Coverage and AvoidingStaffing Plan rejection         Reasons for rejection: other                Inappropriate journal    ...
Any questions?           Thank you!edanzediting.com/iran022013Download and further reading@JournalAdvisorFollow us on Twit...
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  1. 1. The importance of publishing your science in English Sharif University of Technology Warren Raye, PhD Senior Editor Edanz Group 20 February 2013
  2. 2. Customer Service Background About me … Senior Life Sciences Editor
  3. 3. Why publish? Nature is complex …
  4. 4. Why publish? We use complex technologies and methods to understand it …
  5. 5. Why publish? …and the science is often necessarily complex
  6. 6. Why publish? To exchange ideas globallyYour research is not complete until it is published!
  7. 7. Why publish? You have an obligation Researchers are expected to publish their findings
  8. 8. Why publish? Publish or perish Funding Bodies Grant Researchers Writing Journal Publication
  9. 9. Why publish? You must publish in English• The international language of science• Other scientists want to hear from you!• Collaborations• Career advancement• International reputation – citations
  10. 10. Peer review Manuscripts should be …Scientifically relevant Scientifically robust Communicated effectively
  11. 11. Peer review Your peers look for …• Validity• Significance• Originality• Clarity
  12. 12. Peer review Improves your manuscript Rejection Acceptance Minor revision Major revision• Few papers are accepted without revision• Rejection and revision are integral• Should be a positive experience
  13. 13. The process Submission to publication Peer review Results novel? Topic relevant?Manuscript + Editor Rejectcover letter New experiments Improve readability Accepted— Add information publication! Revision
  14. 14. The process Timelines • 3–12 months … • Depends on – Manuscript type – Availability of peer reviewers – Fast tracking – Number of revisions • How well you address reviewer comments
  15. 15. Coverage and AvoidingStaffing Plan rejection High quality research Good design Original and novel Well executed What do journal editors want? Interesting to Clear and concise journal’s readership English
  16. 16. Coverage and Avoiding Reasons for rejection: theStaffing Plan rejection scienceIncomplete Inappropriate data methodology Weak research motive InaccuratePoor analysis conclusions
  17. 17. Coverage and Avoiding Reasons for rejection:Staffing Plan rejection the science Weak research motive • Scientifically irrelevant • Unclear or not explicitly stated • Not supported by data Negative opinion
  18. 18. Coverage and Avoiding Reasons for rejection: theStaffing Plan rejection science Incomplete Inappropriate data methodology • Not enough controls/samples • Hinders proper analysis • Conclusions questionable Invalidates study
  19. 19. Coverage and Avoiding Reasons for rejection: theStaffing Plan rejection science Inaccurate Poor analysis conclusions • Incorrect statistical tests • Inappropriate methods • Use assumptions Invalidates study
  20. 20. Coverage and Avoiding Reasons for rejection: the Staffing Plan rejection manuscriptJournal requirements Inactive research not met areas Publication ethics ignored Poor grammar and Inappropriate data style presentation
  21. 21. Coverage and Avoiding Reasons for rejection: theStaffing Plan rejection manuscript Publication ethics ignored • Plagiarism • Multiple submissions • Conflicts of interest not disclosed • Non-compliance with ethical standards Undermines your reputation
  22. 22. Coverage and Avoiding Reasons for rejection: the Staffing Plan rejection manuscriptJournal requirements Inactive research not met area • Ignore author guidelines • Missing compliance statements • Old/self citations Negative opinion
  23. 23. Coverage and Avoiding Reasons for rejection: the Staffing Plan rejection manuscriptPoor grammar and Inappropriate data style presentation • Unable to follow your logic • Too much data/information • Duplication of results Negative opinion
  24. 24. Coverage and AvoidingStaffing Plan rejection Reasons for rejection: other Inappropriate journal selected Unlucky timing
  25. 25. Any questions? Thank you!edanzediting.com/iran022013Download and further reading@JournalAdvisorFollow us on Twitterfacebook.com/JournalAdvisorLike us on Facebook
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