Saturday, 3 November 2012

How to get your work published...on high impact journals (Part I)

Heya folks,

This is a question that a budding researcher or (i hope?) a student will eventually ask. How do I get my work published in high visibility journals. To be honest, it can be both easy and difficult at the same time...

I've had the privilege of attending a seminar conducted by @Dr. Joerg Heber, who is a senior editor from Nature materials. Here he provided some interesting advice on how to get published on Nature and I believe they do apply for most other Journals as well. 

As the post may be a little long, it will be done in a couple of parts, each containing a topic and a quick recap for subsequent posts. Here we get started on the topic of originality...

Originality

First and foremost, the work must be original. Identical work should not have been done and published previously. It is very important to perform the necessary due diligence to continuously keep up with updates regarding your field of work and look out for similarities to the work you have done. I would suggest performing checks by searching important keywords on Google or Google Scholar. While they are definitely not foolproof, they may provide some assurance.

A more scholarly approach to keep up with the latest updates would be to subscribe to the Journals where you intend to publish your article and the 'popular' Journals such as Angewandte ChemieJournal of the American Chemical SocietyAmerican Chemical Society or Nature Chemistry. The list just goes on and on. There are plenty of good and relevant peer reviewed journals and deserve our attention. However, if and in most circumstances, we do not have the time to read all of them it becomes important to pick and choose those most relevant to us.

Plagiarism Check!

And consider this... we have FINALLY written our article, performed all the necessary formatting changes, editing and we have a Journal in mind to submit to. Should we submit now? Well, you can. But I would suggest a quick check via ithenticate. It is a online service similar to turnitin but more specific to research related and scholarly work. It detects plagiarism and checks for originality against a wide database. Ever wonder if you accidentally adopted a nicely written phase from the 'introduction' of a journal article? This is possibly a tool that locates that for you. Perhaps you might want to try it out.

 *disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated or advertising for ithenticate, I did try out their services recently and thought it might be helpful both new and experienced users.

So .... next on how to get your work published (II)....

signing off~
JohnHD


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