01 December 2012
By Christine Fernandez
I went for this workshop on planning your publications organised by the Faculty of Life Sciences, The University of Manchester on the 28.11.12. As it turned out, with the catchy workshop title, we had a full house in the 200 seating lecture theatre.
So as a researcher, publishing your results and getting cited are the tenets of staying scientifically active and relevant. We know it is important to publish in high impact journals but what are the key points of getting the high impact publication? or is it OK to settle for mediocre publications? Some agree, some do not.
The main points I took away from this 4-speaker-seminar/workshop are as below:
To get into high impact journals, you SHOULD:
- Make your results more widely applicable = wide impact
- Use or introduce catchy terms = bite phrases
- Use the pre-submission period to submit your abstract into multiple journals at the same time
- Address your paper from an interesting perspective = interesting introduction
- Write one paper per message
- Never underestimate the power of networking during conference/ coffee breaks/ invited seminars = introduce yourself to speakers
- Never give up under major corrections/ critical reviews
- Outline your experiments according to a cohesive story