What Editors Want: An Author's Guide to Scientific Publishing
Wednesday, August 7, 2013: 8:00 PM-10:00 PM
101A, Minneapolis Convention Center
Joanna R. Bernhardt
Jorge Ramos Jr.
Who cares what Editors want? In short, you do - if you want to publish your work in a scientific journal. Research publications are key to building a successful career in science, yet early-career researchers usually receive little or no formal instruction on how to get their papers peer reviewed, accepted, and published by leading scientific journals. This workshop, geared towards students and early-career researchers, will provide clear guidance and instruction on how to select an appropriate journal for each paper, how to navigate the sensitive area of authorship issues, how to write an effective cover letter, and a practical set of “pre-flight checks” that every author should carry out before submitting their manuscript, as well as common pitfalls connected with copyright requirements and figure resolution. This workshop will provide insight into the Editor’s thinking, each time he or she looks at a new manuscript. Understanding what Editors want gives authors the chance to avoid the first major hurdle in scientific publishing – a decision of “reject without review.”