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How to write a paper

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Prof Brian Caulfield explaining how to write a paper for Marie Curie ITN fellows - ESRs on ITN projects CHESS www.chessitn.eu and CATCH www.catchitn.eu

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How to write a paper

  1. 1. Writing a Paper Prof Brian Caulfield This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 676201 www.chessitn.eu
  2. 2. target journal? • Read the instructions for authors carefully…. • Look at style of other papers…. • Take note of turnaround time for Journal review • Keep an eye on impact factor and ranking
  3. 3. Tangled web. The location of a journal's publisher, editor, and bank account are often continents apart. John Bohannon Science 2013;342:60-65 Published by AAAS
  4. 4. intro • Brevity is the key…… • Biggest mistake is putting too much info in and not actually achieving the main objective in an introduction…… • Set up the study……
  5. 5. Intro – key points….. • Brief opening outlining the broad area that you are going to address • Hone in on the specific issue that you are talking about • Tell us what is already known about this issue • Describe the main information gap (and its implications) • If appropriate, let us know about any new information that suggests that this information gap might be addressable • Tell us how you plan to address this in this study…..
  6. 6. Methods • Content usually the same but order differs from journal to journal….
  7. 7. Methods – key points • Experimental design • Participants • Equipment/apparatus • Procedures • Data processing/analysis • Statistical approach
  8. 8. Results • Never discuss the relevance of your results in the results section • Simply present your findings and move on…. • Smart combination of tables and text…. – Tables for comprehensive results presentation – Text to highlight key findings of note…
  9. 9. discussion • Principal findings…. • Relevance…. • How does it compare to other studies? Explore differences & commonalities…. • What contextual factors should be taken into account? • Where do we go from here? Implications for practice, further study etc…
  10. 10. discussion • Do not over reach….
  11. 11. conclusion • Take home message
  12. 12. Writing a Paper Prof Brian Caulfield This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 676201 www.chessitn.eu

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