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Publishing in Biomedical Data Science


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General tips to students at the Biomedical Data Science Mentoring Workshop at the Symposium of Health Informatics in Latin America and the Caribbean (SHILAC) 2015.

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Publishing in Biomedical Data Science

  1. 1. Publishing in Biomedical Data Science Dr Tyrone W A Grandison Nov 21, 2015
  2. 2. Why Me? • Been publishing since 1998. • Both journals, conferences, and traditional media. • Multiple fields. • Served on Program Committees since 2000. • Served as an editor since 2004. • Authored books since 2009.
  3. 3. The Actual Steps 1. Know Your Target / Audience 2. Say Something New 3. Edit Extensively 4. Reference Strategically 5. Make It Difficult for Reviewers to Say “No”
  4. 4. Your Target Journals: “Review Times”, “Policies on multiple submissions” Conferences: “Program Committee”, “Workshops” Be strategic in selecting a venue to target and you will greatly increase the chances of publishing your paper.
  5. 5. Novelty of Your Work 1. Position yourself within existing scholarship. 2. Then build on that existing knowledge. Say something New without calling your credibility into question Two Imperatives
  6. 6. Edit Like Your Life Depends On It 1. Fix Confusing Passages 2. Avoid The Passive Voice Go Beyond The ‘Quick Skim’ Important Hints: “Brilliant writing is simple writing, a relevant idea delivered clearly and directly.”
  7. 7. Reference Strategically 1. Go to the original source. 2. Reference articles that are widely cited. 3. Cite articles from the journal or conference that you are targeting. References Are Your Source of Credibility Important
  8. 8. Help Reviewers Out Reviewing is a lot of work. Reviewers probably have lots of submissions. Most reviewers are looking for an easy out. Assuming you’ve followed the guidelines, reviewers will look for clear oversights in your argument. Acknowledge opposing viewpoints. Don’t present every reference as hard evidence of a particular point Avoid making one-dimensional assertions — such as cause and effect statements — about complex phenomena.
  9. 9. On The Ground “Cheat Sheet” Writing Phase Submission Phase Feedback Phase 1. Choose your target carefully. 2. Focus on a credible and novel story that progresses logically, rather than chronologically. 3. Don’t bury your argument. 4. Don’t write and edit at the same time; but edit extensively. 5. Reference strategically 6. Think about the reviewer. 1. Double-check the target. 2. Follow the correct submissions procedures. 3. Don’t repeat your abstract in the initial communication. 4. Make sure your context is clear and compelling. 5. Don’t over-state your methodology. 1. Respond directly, calmly and respectfully to reviewer comments. 2. It is acceptable to challenge reviewers, with good justification. 3. Revise and resubmit: don’t give up after getting through all the major hurdles 4. Think about how quickly you want to see your paper published.
  10. 10. For More Information @tyrgr
  11. 11. Resources 1.The Science of Scientific Writing 2.Nature’s Writing Scientific Papers 3.Colorado State University’s Writing The Scientific Paper 4.PSU’s Scientific Writing 5.About’s Scientific Writing 6.Data Science at the NIH 7.How To Get Published in An Academic Job - Top Tips From Editors 8.Tips for Publishing Your First Academic Article 9.UNC-Chapel Hill’s Writing Center 10.Scientific Writing - Writing To Persuade