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Choosing a journal I: getting your paper published quickly

11th Jan 2012

So, you've got a great result from your experiments or data analysis and are starting to write it up as a paper. Now is the time to think about which journal to submit your paper to. How do you decide? In this series of posts I will discuss various factors worth considering. In this first post, I will look at differences between journals that can have a big effect on how long it is before your paper is finally published. Speed of peer review and publication Many journals publish, on their website,... Read more

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Introductory post

11th Jan 2012

Hi! Welcome to my new blog. I hope you will find it interesting and useful. This blog will focus mainly on scientific journals: how they work, differences between them, ways in which they are changing, and what researchers can do to make the best of them. I will look at journal policies, their peer review systems, their editing and production processes, their speed, and the economics and politics of journal publishing. And no doubt other related topics too. The people who will find the blog of... Read more

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Choosing a journal III: practicalities

5th Jan 2012

In this series I am looking at various aspects of choosing a journal: so far I have covered getting your paper published quickly and getting it noticed. In this third post I look at a few practical issues that might affect your choice of journal. Do they copyedit? If your paper is read by lots of people, any errors in it will be noticed and will reflect badly on you. Most journals use copyeditors (freelance or employed) to edit papers after they are accepted. They ensure that papers are clearly and... Read more

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