BJUI Author Workshop, Tuesday 23 rd  June 2009 Hashim Hashim How to get started
Steps in writing a paper <ul><ul><li>Choose a topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose the type of article </li></ul></ul><...
Choosing a topic <ul><ul><li>May be the most difficult step </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Literature search </li></ul></ul><u...
 
Types of articles <ul><ul><li>Letters to editor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Case reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Editori...
Where to submit – Factors to consider <ul><ul><li>Impact factor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
BJUI Eur Urol J Urol Urology 2005 2.25 3.42 3.59 2.14 2006 2.64 4.85 3.95 2.13 2007 2.75 5.63 4.05 2.13
Questions to answer before writing? <ul><ul><li>What do you want to say? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it worth saying? </...
Writing the article <ul><ul><li>How to begin? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where to begin? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When t...
Referencing <ul><ul><li>Reference manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Endnote </li></ul></ul>
Correcting the article <ul><ul><li>How to correct? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What to correct? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>...
Sending the article <ul><ul><li>Where to send? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to send? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What to ...
Waiting for journal reply <ul><ul><li>May take time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Correct as per reviewer instructions </li><...
‘ Rookie’ mistakes <ul><ul><li>Not ‘sticking’ to the author instructions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Word count </li></...
Tips <ul><ul><li>PLAN, PLAN & PLAN!!!!!!! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be patient & realistic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask...
What you could expect in 5 years!! <ul><ul><li>4 books (1 st  editor and author) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 book chapter...
Conclusion <ul><ul><li>Develop your own writing style </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing is an art, you need to practice i...
Pearls of Wisdom <ul><ul><li>Necessity is the mother of invention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A journey of a thousand miles...
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How to Get Started BJUI Author Workshop July 2009 Part Five Hashim Hashim

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Presented by Hashim Hashim at the BJUI Author Workshop on 23rd June 2009.This presentation informs us on how to get started on writing a paper, from which type of paper to write to key hints and tips on how to make it work well. It is clear, concise and very informative.

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How to Get Started BJUI Author Workshop July 2009 Part Five Hashim Hashim

  1. 1. BJUI Author Workshop, Tuesday 23 rd June 2009 Hashim Hashim How to get started
  2. 2. Steps in writing a paper <ul><ul><li>Choose a topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose the type of article </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose the journal to submit to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write the article </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Correct the article </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Send the article </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Choosing a topic <ul><ul><li>May be the most difficult step </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Literature search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interesting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Original </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advice of supervisor/consultant/colleague </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Types of articles <ul><ul><li>Letters to editor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Case reports </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Editorials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Review Articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Original papers </li></ul></ul>
  5. 6. Where to submit – Factors to consider <ul><ul><li>Impact factor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prestige </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Author’s preference </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Indexed on Medline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journal reply time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anonymity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Frequency of publication </li></ul></ul>
  6. 7. BJUI Eur Urol J Urol Urology 2005 2.25 3.42 3.59 2.14 2006 2.64 4.85 3.95 2.13 2007 2.75 5.63 4.05 2.13
  7. 8. Questions to answer before writing? <ul><ul><li>What do you want to say? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is it worth saying? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the right format? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the audience? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the right journal? </li></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Writing the article <ul><ul><li>How to begin? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Where to begin? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When to begin? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What to include? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who to include? </li></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Referencing <ul><ul><li>Reference manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Endnote </li></ul></ul>
  10. 11. Correcting the article <ul><ul><li>How to correct? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What to correct? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How many times to correct? </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. Sending the article <ul><ul><li>Where to send? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to send? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What to send with it? </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Waiting for journal reply <ul><ul><li>May take time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Correct as per reviewer instructions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Don’t be ‘put off’ if rejected </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. ‘ Rookie’ mistakes <ul><ul><li>Not ‘sticking’ to the author instructions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Word count </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>References </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Style </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Figures/tables/pictures </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Title page </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not checking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Spelling </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Grammar </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not getting Permissions/Copyright </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. Tips <ul><ul><li>PLAN, PLAN & PLAN!!!!!!! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Be patient & realistic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ask your colleagues who previously published </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Read previous papers on the topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obtain all necessary signatures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attend courses and workshops </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ECDL </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Statistics </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anticipate hurdles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ENJOY IT!!!! </li></ul></ul>
  15. 16. What you could expect in 5 years!! <ul><ul><li>4 books (1 st editor and author) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3 book chapters (2 first author) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>9 original papers (7 first author) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>14 review articles (8 first author) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 case reports (2 first author) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 letters (3 first author) </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. Conclusion <ul><ul><li>Develop your own writing style </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing is an art, you need to practice it </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Pearls of Wisdom <ul><ul><li>Necessity is the mother of invention </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A journey of a thousand miles begins </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>with a single step </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Beggars can't be choosers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Practice makes perfect </li></ul></ul>

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