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20140717 Edanz Kyushu Session 7
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  • 1. Andrew Jackson, PhD Senior Editor Kyushu University Department of Agriculture Session 7 – Communicating with Journals Kyushu University 17 July 2014
  • 2. Seminar series June 5 Effective presentations June 12 Reviewing the literature June 19 Academic publishing June 26 Research and publication ethics July 3 Effective writing July 10 Manuscript structure July 17 Communicating with journals July 24 Peer review and revisions
  • 3. Journal selection Section 1
  • 4. Journal selection Timing Choose your target journal: – After you have decided you have enough results for a publication – After you have decided on how high to aim— high, medium or low impact – After you have decided how broadly relevant your findings are – Before writing your manuscript
  • 5. Journal selection Factors to consider Aims & scope Readership Open access Indexing Which factor is most important to you? Publication frequency Impact factor
  • 6. Journal selection Type of journals Broad vs narrow- focused journals International vs regional journals Broad Findings have implications across fields Narrow Findings have field-specific implications International Findings have worldwide implications Regional Findings are restricted by geographical or ethnic boundaries
  • 7. Journal selection Choosing a target journal Significance Aims and Scope Impact Journal selection must be based on an honest evaluation of your findings
  • 8. Journal selection New findings Evaluating significance: Novelty Medium to high impact Low to medium impact Incremental advances Conceptual advances How new are my results compared with those already published?
  • 9. Journal selection Evaluating significance: Relevance How broadly relevant is your work? Specific to country/region? Relevant to other areas (e.g., agriculture)? Economics Specific to cell-type or organism? Relevant to human condition? Biology How broadly applicable is the design? Is it cost-effective? Engineering International or regional journal? Broad- or narrow- focused journal?
  • 10. Journal selection Evaluating significance: Importance Area of popular appeal Stem cells, GM crops, global warming, artificial intelligence Important real- world applications Rice resistant to high salt conditions, shrimp resistant to viral infections
  • 11. Journal selection Insert your proposed abstract Journal Selector www.edanzediting.co.jp/journal_selector
  • 12. Journal selection Recommended journals Filter by: • Impact factor • Publishing frequency • Open access Journal Selector www.edanzediting.co.jp/journal_selector
  • 13. Journal selection Semantic matching terms Journal’s aims & scope, IF, and publication frequency Are they currently publishing similar articles? Similar published articles Have you cited any of these articles? Journal Selector www.edanzediting.co.jp/journal_selector
  • 14. Journal selection Tips to identify the most suitable journal S Identify the interests of the journal editor Identify the interests of the readers • Editorials • Review articles • Special issues • Most viewed • Most cited
  • 15. Author guidelines Section 2
  • 16. Author guidelines Visit journal websites
  • 17. Author guidelines Navigation
  • 18. Author guidelines Navigation
  • 19. Author guidelines >4500 words >9700 words! Navigation
  • 20. Author guidelines Author Guidelines – Article structure What are you looking for? Preparation of manuscripts Title page, abstract Keywords to look for? Important elements • Article type specifics • Title page information • Abstract • Main text sections • References • Figures and Figure Legends
  • 21. Author guidelines Word limits Word limits may apply to: • Titles • Running titles • Highlights • Abstracts • Main text • Figure legends
  • 22. Author guidelines References In-text citations Vancouver : [1] or 1 Harvard: (Name, year) Reference list Vancouver : Numerical Harvard: Alphabetical
  • 23. Author guidelines Planta Harvard style References
  • 24. Author guidelines The Plant Cell Harvard style References
  • 25. Author guidelines Initials Year Journal title Volume/pages Punctuation Bold/italics Rice The Plant Cell Use reference management software! References
  • 26. Cover letters Section 3
  • 27. Cover letters Abstract: First impression for readers Significance Relevance Writing style Interesting to their readers? Is your work important? Cover letters: First impression for journal editors
  • 28. Cover letters Dear Editor-in-Chief, I am sending you our manuscript entitled “Techniques to detect entanglement in cats” by Schrodinger et al. We would like to have the manuscript considered for publication in Quantum Theory Frontiers. Please let me know of your decision at your earliest convenience. Sincerely yours, Albert Einstein, PhD Bad example Too short No information about the manuscript
  • 29. Coverage and Staffing Plan Cover letters Plant Molecular Biology is an international journal dedicated to rapid publication of original research articles in all areas of plant biology. The Editorial Board welcomes full-length manuscripts that address important biological problems of broad interest, including research in comparative genomics, functional genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, computational biology, biochemical and regulatory networks, and biotechnology. Because space in the journal is limited, however, preference is given to publication of results that provide significant new insights into biological problems and that advance the understanding of structure, function, mechanisms, or regulation. Plant Molecular Biology Read the aims and scope
  • 30. Coverage and Staffing Plan Cover letters Read the aims and scope Plant Molecular Biology is an international journal dedicated to rapid publication of original research articles in all areas of plant biology. The Editorial Board welcomes full-length manuscripts that address important biological problems of broad interest, including research in comparative genomics, functional genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, computational biology, biochemical and regulatory networks, and biotechnology. Because space in the journal is limited, however, preference is given to publication of results that provide significant new insights into biological problems and that advance the understanding of structure, function, mechanisms, or regulation. Plant Molecular Biology Key points Broad interest Biological problems
  • 31. Coverage and Staffing Plan Cover letters Building your cover letter Dr Wilhelm Gruissem Editor-in-Chief Plant Molecular Biology 17 July 2014 Dear Dr Gruissem, Please find enclosed our manuscript entitled “Identification of the histone acetyltransferase HAF2 as a factor involved in natural variation for seed dormancy in Arabidopsis thaliana”, which we would like to submit for publication as a Research Article in Plant Molecular Biology. Journal editor’s name Manuscript title Publication type Did you read the website carefully? Aims and scope? Author guidelines?
  • 32. Coverage and Staffing Plan Cover letters Building your cover letter Seed dormancy is an important life-history strategy that allows plants to select favorable conditions for germination, thereby affecting long-term survival. Dormancy can be released by specific environmental factors, such as cold or dry-storage (after-ripening). However, the genetic factors that regulate this process have not been clearly elucidated. The model plant Arabidopsis has substantial natural variation in seed dormancy, and identifying genes associated with this trait is of broad interest to geneticists, ecologists, and agricultural researchers. Introduction Problem Relevance Second paragraph:  Current state of the field  Problem researchers are facing
  • 33. Coverage and Staffing Plan Cover letters We combined genome-wide association (GWA) mapping with transcriptome analyses to screen candidate single nucleotide polymorphisms correlated with variation in seed dormancy in 108 accessions of Arabidopsis. The most likely candidate was a plant- specific histone acetyltransferase gene, HAF2. HAF2 expression was down-regulated by cold and after-ripening, which break seed dormancy, and was up-regulated in accessions with high levels of dormancy. When the HAF2 gene from a non-dormant accession was inserted into a dormant accession… Building your cover letter Methods Key results Third paragraph:  Briefly describe your methodology  Summarize your key findings
  • 34. Coverage and Staffing Plan Cover letters Building your cover letter These findings are significant in elucidating the genetic mechanisms underlying a fundamental life-history trait of plants and will be of interest to Plant Molecular Biology readers, especially those focused on Arabidopsis seed dormancy. Furthermore, our integrated approach combining GWA mapping and transcriptomics offers a promising strategy to identify candidate loci in future studies. Relevance Implications Fourth paragraph:  Why interesting to the journal’s readership
  • 35. Coverage and Staffing Plan Cover letters Building your cover letter We confirm that this manuscript has not been published elsewhere and is not under consideration by another journal. All authors have approved the manuscript, including authorship and order of authorship, and agree with submission to Plant Molecular Biology. This study was funded by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare. Ethics Conflicts of interest Last paragraph:  Disclaimers related to publication ethics  Funding  Conflicts of interest Funding
  • 36. Coverage and Staffing Plan Cover letters Building your cover letter We would like to recommend the following reviewers to evaluate our manuscript: 1. Reviewer 1 and contact information 2. Reviewer 2 and contact information 3. Reviewer 3 and contact information 4. Reviewer 4 and contact information Please address all correspondence to: Reviewers Contact information Other important information:  Recommended reviewers  Author’s contact information
  • 37. Coverage and Staffing Plan Cover letters A good cover letter Dr Wilhelm Gruissem Editor-in-Chief Plant Molecular Biology 17 July 2014 Dear Dr Gruissem, Please find enclosed our manuscript entitled “Identification of the histone acetyltransferase HAF2 as a factor involved in natural variation for seed dormancy in Arabidopsis thaliana”, which we would like to submit for publication as a Research Article in Plant Molecular Biology. Seed dormancy is an important life-history strategy that allows plants to select favorable conditions for germination, thereby affecting long-term survival. Dormancy can be released by specific environmental factors, such as cold or dry-storage (after-ripening). The model plant Arabidopsis has substantial natural variation in seed dormancy, and identifying genes associated with this trait is of interest to geneticists, ecologists, and agricultural researchers. We combined genome-wide association (GWA) mapping with transcriptome analyses to screen candidate single nucleotide polymorphisms correlated with variation in seed dormancy in 108 accessions of Arabidopsis. The most likely candidate was a plant-specific histone acetyltransferase gene, HAF2. HAF2 expression was down-regulated by cold and after-ripening, which break seed dormancy, and was up- regulated in accessions with high levels of dormancy. When the HAF2 gene from a non-dormant accession was inserted into a dormant accession, seed dormancy was increased and HAF2 expression levels reduced. Finally, we sequenced HAF2 from 78 accessions and found that mutations were enriched in the promoter region. These findings are significant in elucidating the genetic mechanisms underlying a fundamental life-history trait of plants and will be of interest to Plant Molecular Biology readers, especially those focused on Arabidopsis seed dormancy. Furthermore, our integrated approach combining GWA mapping and transcriptomics offers a promising strategy to identify candidate loci in future studies. We confirm that this manuscript has not been published elsewhere and is not under consideration by another journal. All authors have approved the manuscript, including authorship and order of authorship, and agree with submission to Plant Molecular Biology. This study was funded by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare. We would like to recommend the following reviewers to evaluate our manuscript: Reviewer 1 and contact information Reviewer 2 and contact information Reviewer 3 and contact information Reviewer 4 and contact information Please address all correspondence to: We look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience. Yours sincerely,
  • 38. Coverage and Staffing Plan Cover letters Dr Wilhelm Gruissem Editor-in-Chief Plant Molecular Biology 17 July 2014 Dear Dr Gruissem, Please find enclosed our manuscript entitled “Identification of the histone acetyltransferase HAF2 as a factor involved in natural variation for seed dormancy in Arabidopsis thaliana”, which we would like to submit for publication as a Research Article in Plant Molecular Biology. Seed dormancy is an important life-history strategy that allows plants to select favorable conditions for germination, thereby affecting long-term survival. Dormancy can be released by specific environmental factors, such as cold or dry-storage (after-ripening). The model plant Arabidopsis has substantial natural variation in seed dormancy, and identifying genes associated with this trait is of interest to geneticists, ecologists, and agricultural researchers. We combined genome-wide association (GWA) mapping with transcriptome analyses to screen candidate single nucleotide polymorphisms correlated with variation in seed dormancy in 108 accessions of Arabidopsis. The most likely candidate was a plant-specific histone acetyltransferase gene, HAF2. HAF2 expression was down-regulated by cold and after-ripening, which break seed dormancy, and was up- regulated in accessions with high levels of dormancy. When the HAF2 gene from a non-dormant accession was inserted into a dormant accession, seed dormancy was increased and HAF2 expression levels reduced. Finally, we sequenced HAF2 from 78 accessions and found that mutations were enriched in the promoter region. These findings are significant in elucidating the genetic mechanisms underlying a fundamental life-history trait of plants and will be of interest to Plant Molecular Biology readers, especially those focused on Arabidopsis seed dormancy. Furthermore, our integrated approach combining GWA mapping and transcriptomics offers a promising strategy to identify candidate loci in future studies. We confirm that this manuscript has not been published elsewhere and is not under consideration by another journal. All authors have approved the manuscript, including authorship and order of authorship, and agree with submission to Plant Molecular Biology. This study was funded by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare. The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare. We would like to recommend the following reviewers to evaluate our manuscript: Reviewer 1 and contact information Reviewer 2 and contact information Reviewer 3 and contact information Reviewer 4 and contact information Please address all correspondence to: We look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience. Yours sincerely, A good cover letter Manuscript information Background Key findings Relevance Disclaimers Recommended reviewers
  • 39. Coverage and Staffing Plan Cover letters Specific cover letter styles http://www.nature.com/nature/authors/submissions/subs/#a6
  • 40. Journal selection activities Using the Journal Selector, find the most appropriate journal for the given abstract. Find two different journals (not PNAS): • One with an impact factor of 5–10 (with open access options) • One with any impact factor and open access
  • 41. For the first journal (IF 5–10 plus OA): 1. Who is the Editor-in-Chief? 2. What is the word limit of the abstract and manuscript? 3. How much does OA cost? Journal selection activity 1
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  • 45. For the first journal (IF 5–10 plus OA): 1. Who is the Editor-in-Chief? 2. What is the word limit of the abstract and manuscript? 3. How much does OA cost? Loren Rieseberg (Chief Editor) Journal selection activity 1
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  • 48. For the first journal (IF 5–10 plus OA): 1. Who is the Editor-in-Chief? 2. What is the word limit of the abstract and manuscript? 3. How much does OA cost? Loren Rieseberg (Chief Editor) Abstract < 250 words, main text < 8000 words Journal selection activity 1
  • 49. Journal selection activity 1
  • 50. Search for “Open Access” Search for “OnlineOpen” Journal selection activity 1
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  • 53. For the first journal (IF 5–10 plus OA): 1. Who is the Editor-in-Chief? 2. What is the word limit of the abstract and manuscript? 3. How much does OA cost? Loren Rieseberg (Chief Editor) Abstract < 250 words, main text < 8000 words US$3000 Journal selection activity 1
  • 54. Using the Journal Selector, find the most appropriate journal for the given abstract. Find two different journals: • One with an impact factor of 5–10 (with open access options) • One with any impact factor and open access Journal selection activity 2
  • 55. Journal selection activity 2 For the second journal (any IF, but OA): How much does it cost?
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  • 60. “Why publish with PLOS ONE?” Journal selection activity 2
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  • 65. For the second journal (any IF, but OA): How much does it cost? Transgenic Research: US$3000 n PLOS ONE: US$1350 Journal selection activity 2
  • 66. Thank you! Any questions? Follow us on Twitter @JournalAdvisor Like us on Facebook facebook.com/EdanzEditing Download and further reading edanzediting.co.jp/kyushu_140717 Jeffrey Robens: jrobens@edanzgroup.com Andrew Jackson: ajackson@edanzgroup.com

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