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Journal news for February

1st Mar 2012

News related to scientific journal publishing since 4 February. Elsevier withdraws support for the Research Works Act Since I covered this infamous draft US law and the associated boycott of Elsevier by academics (here and in news here) the flood of blog posts on the topic has continued, and I won't attempt to summarise them here. But the pressure seems to have had an effect: on 27 February Elsevier announced that it is no longer supporting the act, although they 'continue to oppose government mandates... 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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