Writing and publishing

Writing and publishing

At Elsevier, we know you care deeply about your work.

You want your article to be accessible, cited and used by the widest possible audience.

Every year more than 3 million research articles are written, of which only half will end up being published in a peer-reviewed journal. The good news is there are ways to improve your writing skills and to increase your chances of getting published.

Advice for young and ambitious scientists

Advice from the professionals

Mummery_200x150Looking for the seed of brilliance

In this interview with Christine L. Mummery (Professor of Developmental Biology and Head of the Department of Anatomy and Embryology, Leiden University Medical Centre) she explains what editors and editorial boards are looking for in a manuscript.

No matter how it is written, there has to be something promising in an article. However, the data needs to be robust, the method clear and the statistics reliable according to Mummery.


Publishing Ethics: Major types of scientific misconduct

Upholding ethical integrity is important for your research career. In this interview, Dr.Jaap van Harten, Executive Publisher at Elsevier, shares the insights about research and publishing ethics, discusses about data manipulation, plagiarism, publication duplication, and the consequences of scientific misconduct.

Mummery_kissThe KISS principle: Keep It Short and Simple

In this interview Professor of Developmental Biology, Christine L. Mummery discusses writing journals and the approach she took to writing her book "Stem Cells: Scientific Facts and Fiction" (2011).

"Even if your journal or book is for a more scientific audience, use simple language to explain complex ideas. It's far easier to digest. Use shorter words, sentences, and paragraphs at the points of greatest complexity".


If English is not your first language
In this video interview about learning to speak, write and present in English, Professor of Developmental Biology, Christine L. Mummery provides words of encouragement."Read an English novel, watch English films. Get familiar with how the language is used and spoken. Don't be tempted to speak in your mother tongue. Otherwise you'll never learn how to speak, write and present in English".


Advice for young and ambitious scientists
Don't focus on just getting published with a minimum of data. Offer information that is useful for the community says Professor Guido Kroemer from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Paris Descartes and Editor of Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications journal.

In this video he also talks about how to deal with emotions when your paper is rejected. "It's important to feel instantly frustrated, at the edge of suicide, but only for 10 minutes. So feel your emotions, but do it quickly."

Irene_workshop_200x150How to write GREAT papers
In this author workshop, Prof. Tony Vernon, Editor in Chief, and Dr. Irene Kanter-Schlifke, Publisher, talk about the ins and outs of scientific publishing, and give offer practical tips to early career researchers. In particular they focus on the importance of good presentation (clear, logical, easy to follow) when writing up your article, emphasizing that it is important for your work to become a building block for future research. They show how your paper can be "…your passport to the community".

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Online training

At Elsevier, we are committed to supporting authors and reviewers. We have developed freely-available, bite-sized training webinars and developed a series of one hour live webinars all containing useful tips and tricks on getting published, peer review, journal and article metrics, grant-writing and getting your paper noticed. Browse our webinar channel and view the short or elaborate versions by yourself or as a group. Go to Training and workshops for more Publishing Connect information.


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