13 Tips for Writing a Great Journal Article

13 Tips for Writing a Great Journal Article


Hi there. I am John Bond from Riverwinds Consulting
and this is Publishing Defined. Today I have 13 tips for writing a great academic
article or paper. First, let us start before any writing has
occurred. Think about whether the effort is justified. Is the topic new and novel in the field? Is the article about a particularly timely
topic in your area? Don’t just write an article because you
can; rather look to make a difference. Second, think about where you want to submit
the manuscript. Be a loyal reader of any journal you intend
to submit to; do not just pick one out of an online search. Know the mission of the publication. This will allow you to focus your writing
on that journal. Third, follow the instruction or guidelines
for authors for that journal very closely, particularly in regard to length and format. Now, let us look at mechanics. The fourth tip is to follow closely the appropriate
style manual. Whether the AMA, APA, Chicago style guides,
or others, you will benefit by understanding these guidelines in your field. Fifth, short and concise is always better. This applies to the entire manuscript but
also to sentence length and paragraph length as well. No one ever said, “I wish that paper was
longer.” Ruthlessly delete all extraneous materials. Sixth, follow accepted practices in regard
to grammar and style. If you do not know the expected practices
find someone that does. Also, read the articles in the journals you
are submitting to so you can understand the tone of these articles. Now, let us look at the content presentation. Seventh, when the paper is written, review
the abstract very, very closely. Many people will read only the abstract and
it needs to be flawless. Make sure it conforms to the abstract format
in your intended publication. Eight, consider the article title very carefully. Avoid a boring title which is really just
a label. Consider something thought provoking or maybe
even provocative, but do not stray so far that it is corny or sensational. Ninth, make sure any tables, charts, images,
or graphics are essential and created in a quality fashion. Does each item standalone by itself? Lastly, let us consider the review of the
manuscript before submission. My tenth tip is to read the final manuscript
aloud several times. This helps for clarity and language. Eleventh, aside from having the content reviewed
by your peers before submission, have others outside your field read the paper as well. Listen closely to any suggestions they have. Twelfth, avoid any hint of plagiarism. Always cite your sources. Never take any passage or ideas from others. An error here can affect your career or reputation. Finally, I know many people that watch these
videos are non-English language speakers that may be submitting to an English language journal. If so, I suggest having a native English language
colleague or speaker read and help craft the paper before submission. This will likely increase the quality of the
final product and therefore increase the likelihood of acceptance. If you do not know anyone to help with this,
there are many editorial services that will now assist for a fee. Or email me for suggestions of editors that
can help with this. At the end of the day, there is no secret
to success. Attention to detail and a careful review of
the language will hopefully improve your work. Well that’s it. I’ve released a new eBook called, “Scholarly
Publishing: A Primer.” It is a short, focused guide on some of the
essential topics that are integral to academic publishing. Starting with the basics of scholarly publishing,
it then moves onto the specifics of book and journal publishing, then marketing and promotion,
then to organizations and standards, then to rights and licensing, and finally it looks
at trends in publishing. It was born out of videos on this channel. See the link in the notes below for more information
on the book or how to purchase it. Hit the Like button below if you enjoyed this
video. Please subscribe to my YouTube channel or
click on the link to my video on selecting a journal to submit your article to. And make comments below or email me with questions. Thank so much and take care.

12 thoughts on “13 Tips for Writing a Great Journal Article

  1. Hi John, first of all thank you for your guiding videos. wish you long life full of love and good health, keep doing it, thanks a lot. I'm non native researcher and additionally  I'm very new, Beginner. Please share us your suggestions about the editors.  how to find out.

  2. I don't get what to do with the 5th tip. If short and concise is always better, why do professors give you a page minimum? 10 pages for example.

  3. Hello every one. I m phd student . Not englich native language. Need help for vrifying my english papers. Thank you.

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