Rejected without Review: Knowing When to Appeal

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Rejection is a reality for scientists, and a major responsibility of journal editors. Researchers performing good science—well controlled studies with solid methodologies that produce clear, reproducible results that advance scientific knowledge or extend scientific findings—can find themselves struggling to be published. A selective journal with a relatively high acceptance rate of 20% will be sending … Read moreRejected without Review: Knowing When to Appeal

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Writing Tips: First Impressions- Titles, Abstracts, and Cover Letters

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For 17 years as an editor, I had the pleasure of reading great manuscripts and the pain of reading poorly presented ones. The first parts of the manuscript that the editor sees are the title, abstract, and cover letter. So, it is essential to devote time and effort to crafting these with both the expert … Read moreWriting Tips: First Impressions- Titles, Abstracts, and Cover Letters

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Writing Tips: Words to Avoid

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One of the most common issues I encounter as an editor is the use of imprecise verbs in scientific research. It is possible that the author cannot be more precise, because the experiments have not been done to determine how the change occurred or because the conditions may produce diverse outcomes. However, these should be … Read moreWriting Tips: Words to Avoid

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