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How to read journal instructions for authors

10th Jun 2013

Journal editors often complain that few authors seem to read their instructions for authors. But journals don’t make it easy to read these instructions. Every publisher has its own way of displaying the instructions, with differences in the wording for the same thing, in the order in which information is presented and in how the information is split over web pages. I’m going to attempt to bring some order to the chaos by picking out the points that really matter. These are: Subject areas Threshold... Read more

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Do you really have to reformat for each new submission?

23rd Feb 2012

There was a fascinating conversation at the blog of neuroscientist Dorothy Bishop recently. As a side point in a post on getting replication studies published, she says: ...if a journal commonly rejects papers without review, then it shouldn’t be fussy about the format in which a paper is submitted. It’s just silly for busy people to spend time getting the references correctly punctuated, or converting their figures to a specific format, if there’s a strong probability that their paper will... Read more

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The really dangerous formatting errors

15th Feb 2012

No journal editor expects submitted papers to be perfectly formatted. But there are different types of error that cause different problems. Common formatting errors that are easy to spot and easy to fix, like double spaces at the end of sentences Things that aren't really errors, which will be ignored when the paper is typeset, such as spacing between paragraphs 'Errors' that are really matters of house style, such as italicisation of the 'p' in 'p-value' Things that are hard to spot and that... Read more

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