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This bestselling guide provides clear instructions on getting published in biomedical journals. Now in its fourth edition, How to Write a Paper has been fully revised and updated to include all aspects on writing each section of a structured paper incorporating the latest information on open access, electronic publication and submission.

Written by editors of leading medical journals as well as publishing experts, this guide is relevant and easy to use for any novice writer wanting to publish in journals.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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“In summary, this book is recommended when planning a first publication, but the high-level view might also offer additional perspectives to more experienced researchers as well as non-researchers. I would put it in the library.” (Occupational Medicine, 1 August 2013)

"The contributions [to this title] are written by people who know what they are talking about, and that is why I think the book worked.... It has a feel of the real world. Much of the advice is sound as well as clearly summarised." (Evidence Based Medicine, April 2009)

"This is a great book and its early promise was fulfilled with ease. Anybody involved in writing papers would benefit from this book.... An excellent book: 10/10." (Urology News, May/June 2009)

“The book is written for medical journal authors, but the advice is applicable much more broadly. The book offers numerous practical tips … .The book also offers a behind-the-scenes peek into the world of editors, publishers and assessors (reviewers), as well as discussions of ethics, authorship and other related topics.” (Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices, December 2008)

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Reviewer: Paul J Casella, MFA, AB (University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine)
Description: This is a concise, practical, well organized handbook to help scientists and physicians to write papers for submission to science journals. It is organized logically, from broad to specific, to provide an overview of the structure of a scientific paper and then to examine each element in detail. It describes the roles of assessors and editors to help authors anticipate the needs of readers. Plenty of subheadings and boxes of information (e.g., "Guidelines for Submission") are included. The book also offers strategies and examples of the writing process at work.
Purpose: Clear and effective writing is needed more than ever these days as science continues to progress. The book meets its objectives by providing clear descriptions of the format and strategies for effective writing in the basic and clinical health sciences.
Audience: Any authors — from students to senior investigators — interested in improving their writing and success at publishing would benefit. The editors and the authors are true teachers. The writing style is engaging, the topics are genuinely interesting, and the voices of the authors come through.
Features: The book addresses the format of a scientific paper, broadly and in detail; the formats of other common scientific manuscripts one would submit for publication; the roles of the different players (authors, editors, reviewers) in the process; the writing and publishing process itself; and other important issues such as ethics and electronic submission. Probably what is most impressive about this edition is how it gets straight to the point (read: it's concise) and its use of practical lists in shaded boxes to help authors. Some additional topics could have been covered, such as additional writing strategies, etc. But there are much longer, more comprehensive books that folks can read if they have the need or interest. The strength of this book is that hits the most important points in just 148 well organized pages.
Assessment: Authors seeking to publish in medical journals will be well served by this book. It is compact and to the point, and still includes examples and helpful lists. The updated chapters and the added topic of open access justify the new edition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405167734
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/19/2008
  • Series: HOW - How To Series , #11
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

George M Hall, Professor of Anaesthesia, St George's Medical School, London, UK.
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Table of Contents

List of Contributors.

Preface to the Third Edition.

Preface to the Fourth Edition.

Chapter 1 Structure of a scientific paper (George M. Hall, University of London).

Chapter 2 Introductions (Richard Smith, United Health Europe, London).

Chapter 3 Methods (Gordon B. Drummond, University of Edinburgh).

Chapter 4 Results (Hans-Joachim Priebe, University Hospital, Freiburg).

Chapter 5 Discussion (George M. Hall, University of London).

Chapter 6 Titles, abstracts, and authors (Fiona Moss, London Deanery, NHS London).

Chapter 7 References (Simon Howell, University of Leeds and Liz Neilly, University of Leeds).

Chapter 8 Electronic submissions (Natalie Davies, The Lancet).

Chapter 9 How to write a letter (Michael Doherty, University of Nottingham).

Chapter 10 How to prepare an abstract for a scientific meeting (Robert N. Allan, Royal College of Physicians, London).

Chapter 11 How to write a case report (Martin Neil Rossor, Dementia Research Centre, London).

Chapter 12 How to write a review (Paul Glasziou, University of Oxford).

Chapter 13 The role of the editor (Jennifer M. Hunter, University of Liverpool).

Chapter 14 The role of the manuscript assessor (Domhnall MacAuley, BMJ).

Chapter 15 What a publisher does (Alex Williamson, BMJ Group).

Chapter 16 Who should be an author? (Richard Horton, The Lancet).

Chapter 17 Style: what it is and why it matters (Margaret Cooter, BMJ Publishing Group).

Chapter 18 Ethics of publication (Michael J.G. Farthing, University of Sussex).

Chapter 19 Electronic publishing (Craig Bingham, Australasian Medical Publishing Company).

Chapter 20 Open access (Mark Ware, Mark Ware Consulting).


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