July highlights from the world of scientific publishing

4th Aug 2014

A brief summary this month: difficulties that Chinese authors have with journals, dealing with coauthor conflicts, how to write badly, what difference peer review makes, and debates in the mainstream media on peer review Survey of Chinese authors Editing company Edanz (@JournalAdvisor) published a survey of Chinese scientific authors and the difficulties they face in getting published. It found that they needed an average of about 200 working hours to prepare a research paper, compared with only... Read more

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So your paper is published – now what?

23rd Jul 2014

Today I have an article published in Research Information magazine entitled 'Authors should prepare for post-publication review' (my original title was 'So your paper is published - now what?'). This Analysis & Opinion article discusses how post-publication peer review seems to be taking off and what that means for authors of scientific papers. I argue that in this new world, authors need to invest in ensuring their papers are correct, clear and complete before they go near a journal. One... Read more

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Same blog, new home

14th Jul 2014

This blog has a new home! The sharmanedit blog has been hosted at for several years. Now that I (Anna) have set up Cofactor, it makes sense to incorporate the blog into the Cofactor website. All the old posts are now here, and new posts will appear here. Links to posts at the old Wordpress site will soon redirect to the corresponding post here. What has changed? Only that the style of the posts fits with that of the rest of the website. I hope you continue to enjoy the posts... Read more

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