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Publishing your Research

publishing Publishing your research result is important. It is a crucial step in the scientific process. The growth of knowledge can only happen if people communicate what they’ve found out to one another.

Giving talks and going to conferences helps, but the published paper gives people a chance to read and understand what you have to report. As Bob Jaeger (long-time editor of Herpetologica) remarked, “if you don’t report the results of your research, you’re essentially a hobbyist”.

Presenting and publishing your research will give your career a success in academic field and beyond. It will enhance and build network with other researchers who share your interests, and this will only increase the career options available. Apart from all these advantages finally, getting your research published is extremely satisfying. Completing any sort of research project is a major accomplishment, and when you finally see your paper in a journal one day you will feel very good.

Nadeera Nilupamali“The process of moving from idea to a published manuscript can be overwhelming or discouraging.” Says Nadeera Nilupamali, founder of rockyourpaper.com . She continues with… “You have to decide the time to publish. The right time to publish is, when your findings represent a complete story, one that will make a significant contribution to the scientific literature. Simply collecting a given amount of data is not adequate.”

There are three basic formats for peer-reviewed research articles:

Full-length research articles: These articles contain a comprehensive investigation of the subject matter and are viewed as the standard format. It uses the “IMRAD” format – Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion.

Short (or brief) communications : While not as comprehensive in scope as full-length research articles, these papers also make a significant contribution to the literature. Their length will be set by the journal but is usually 3500 words or less and will contain up to 1-2 tables and figures. Unlike full papers, methods, results, and discussions may be combined into a single section.

Rapid communications: These articles quickly disseminate particularly “hot” findings, usually in a brief communication format. Articles that have immediate implications for public health would be appropriate for such a format, as might findings in a highly competitive and quickly moving field.

stack-of-booksDo not start writing without it! If you have co-authors, you may wish to get feedback from them before you proceed to the actual writing phase. It is important to remember if you have a great idea, but present it poorly, your paper probably won’t be accepted. Be sure you know what the point of the paper is, and state it clearly and repeatedly. The same goes for the key technical ideas. Don’t make the reader work to figure out what’s important – tell them explicitly. Write for the audience that you expect to read the paper, just as you would plan a talk.

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