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  • ra974 2:36 am on December 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Why keywords for journal paper? 

    When I took my medical research paper to a journal in order to get it published, they asked me to include keywords which would make it accessible all over. But what sort of keywords? How and where will I get them? Please suggest me guys.

    • Rayen 12:41 pm on December 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Many journals ask for keywords, especially e-journals. Keywords should be directly linked to the ideas and concept of your paper. It would help the users to refine search and find your article in that journal easily.

    • Sirrah 12:46 pm on December 7, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Keywords are used for indexing purpose. Since, it’s your medical paper; you can take ideas from Medical Sub Headings (MeSH). It is sort of dictionary of medical terms controlled by U.S. National Library of Medicine.

  • Dr S Loretti 10:59 am on January 18, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Is the peer review process flawed? 

    This has been the hot grossing topic of the research community. I have been reading numerous articles and opinions by authors worldwide embossing on the flaws cropping in the peer review process. Did the traditional widely-used process had loopholes since inception or has it lost its significance with the emerging number of researches?

    Actually the issue of concern is the growing percentage of paper rejection by many leading journals. With the rapidly growing number of submissions, the journal editors and peers are bound to reject quality studies to focus on relevancy and the journal scope. I too believe that many quality articles are not getting the deserved acknowledgement but at the same time it is also true that these rejections are paving way for fresh publishing grounds and enhanced researches.

    What would you have to say about this? Do share your suggestions.

    • edward99 6:03 am on January 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      though i believe peer review is an essential element of paper publishing, as a researcher it gets frustrating at times when a good quality paper gets rejected. i am really not questioning the importance of the process but yes, the process needs to be efficient. rejection may not necessarily facilitate enhanced research. what if it demotivates researchers?

    • Zac 12:36 pm on January 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I completely go with what Edward said- rejection does demotivates the author. Facing a rejection from a journal after putting in immense hard work, time and money seems like a big Failure in Life. Every quality work deserves a better platform to showcase itself.

    • Jonna 4:20 am on January 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      In my suggestion, peer review process is not flawed, it is just facing the drawbacks of being a traditional system. Like everything in the world, peer review too needs a change with the dynamic environment. It was, and to some extend it still is a perfect system to eliminate inappropriate or irrelevant studies. The only difference to contemporary scenario is the growing percentage of researches being held and the even more increasing rate of quality studies.

      With what we are dealing today, I think the process should be fine-tuned with inclusion of multiple quality check criteria and test variables that can be called the Measures of Quality. And with that, the only most-preferred and running measure, being the Citation count, should be significantly given less importance. There is always a chance of improvement and i believe this would incorporate very soon.

    • steve 5:15 am on January 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      i agree with Jonna. However traditional, this system does maintain quality of journals. But i do believe that the system needs to change in certain ways.Researches are putting in a lot of hardwork and that should definitely be given credit. Journals must incorporate additional quality check measures and ensure that the system is justified and fair.

  • Rosaline 1:11 am on November 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    How to choose a suitable Journal for your paper? 

    While choosing a journal keep the below mentioned points in mind –
    1. See if there is a match between the research paper and the journal’s scope and aim?
    The most common reason for journal rejection is the mismatch between the manuscript journal’s aim and scope.

    2. What si the readership and target audience?
    Have a look at the below example,
    If, for example, your paper could have a bearing on public policy or could change the way nurses handle patient care, then choose a broad-based journal that reaches a wide and non-technical audience.

    3. Is the journal highly visible?
    Is the journal included in electronic databases? Is the journal indexed in ISI’s Web of Science? Is it indexed in the popular subject-specific databases in your field (like EconLit or PsychINFO)? This improves the visibility of your research in your chosen field of research and may also increase the number of times your article is cited.

    • 99edward 9:12 am on January 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I am writing my first journal paper and very confused about the format that I should follow. Is there a specific format for a research paper? do all journals accept the same format? please help!

    • ThomasJ 10:01 am on January 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Edward! If you have not completed major sections of your paper, I would recommend you to look for a journal first. When you have a target journal to publish your paper in, you would be able to write as per their format. You can go for online journal selection services if you are unsure of the key points that must be looked for selecting a journal. There are various online journal directories where you can look for a journal like http://doaj.org/, http://www.sciencedirect.com/ and similar others.
      If you are through with your paper, then too, you can search for a journal that suits the research domain of your study.

    • edward99 12:40 pm on January 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Thomas
      Thanks for the reply. I have not yet finished writing the paper and i will go by your advice and select a target journal first. I will complete the paper accordingly then.
      thanks for the useful links!

  • Rosaline 7:10 am on October 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    General form of a journal paper 

    Generally submission of a manuscript to a editorial requires to follow the below guidelines –
    To make paper readable-

    • Use a 12 point standard font, such as Times, Geneva, Bookman, Helvetica, etc for writing and printing.
    • Text should be double spaced on 8 1/2″ x 11″ paper with 1 inch margins, single sided
    • Number the pages consecutively
    • Start each new section on a new page
    • Recommended the page limits
    Mistakes to avoid
    • Placing the heading at the bottom of a page with the following text on the next page (insert a page break!)
    • Dividing a table or figure – confine each figure/table to a single page
    • Submitting the paper with pages out of order

  • Dr S Loretti 4:03 am on May 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    The Ultimate Goal of a Research 

    Research papers are prepared with two major objectives- One, to contribute to the existing knowledge community in a particular field of study. The previously published studies are often reviewed by scholars, government officials, corporate professionals and other academic authors for gaining information and employing that for progressive research.

    The second major objective of research lies with the author’s end- to showcase this scientific piece of writing in impact factor academic journal. Publishing the research project is a challenging yet rewarding experience for research writers. Paper publication also provides an opportunity for readers to pursue unique and in-depth study about a research topic.

    • robert maxey 11:20 am on June 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Rightly said, Dr Loretti

  • Dr S Loretti 8:00 am on September 30, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Features of freelance academic writing 

    A freelance academic writer is a person who is self-employed and writes academic materials for companies, employers, universities. They work on a project basis where they are given academic assignments. They work on academic assignments like dissertation reports, dissertation defense, master’s assignments etc. Freelance academic writing has lots of benefits. Freelance Academic writing in English is focused on informing the readers rather than entertaining them. It aims at contributing to the main line of argument without any repetition and maintaining the originality.Freelance Academic writing is complex, formal, objective and responsible. It ensures precise and accurate use of the language.

    The key aspects of academic writing are as mentioned below –

    1. Freelance Academic writing is more complex. It has longer words and uses varied vocabulary. The grammar is complex involving more subordinate clauses, passives, noun- based phrases.
    2. Formality is another important feature to freelance academic writing. It means avoiding technical jargons, slangs, jokes, colloquial etc.
    3. Precision is indispensable to freelance academic writing because the content has to be supported with precise facts and figures.
    4. Freelance academic writing is also has objectivity. It makes use of more nouns and adjective rather that verbs and adverbs. This is because the main focus of freelance academic writing is on the information that is to be given and the arguments that need to be made.
    5. The freelance academic writing is explicit and the writer has to clearly define to the readers how the parts of the text are related.
    6. Accuracy can never be ignored when it comes to freelance academic writing.
    7. Hedging is a technique used by freelance academic writers to make decisions about their stance on a particular subject or the strength of the claims they are making. This is essential to freelance academic writing.
    8. Last but not the least freelance academic writing should be responsible in the sense that it should be able to provide evidence and justification for all the claims that have been made. Any source or text used should be responsibly demonstrated.

    Therefore, freelance academic writing is essential because of the readers it deals with and the arguments that it takes up to prove and support. It should ensure that the content can create value and can be taken up for further studies. Thus, freelance academic writing must be undertaken with great sincerity and utmost dedication.

    • Lloyd Robles 11:02 am on December 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply

      I heard about this term from my friend yesterday; was just searching about it and came across this post.

    • Joahn Boheme 8:35 am on January 12, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I’m also a freelance writer.

    • Teresa J. Mann 5:09 am on September 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I want to be a freelancer writer. It is a good way to peruse what I am interested in while working.

    • Laura 4:59 am on January 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Freelance writing makes up for my expenses and with this my writing skills keep getting sharpened. I believe I have started drafting my thesis chapters better after i started freelance writing. This is a good option for PhD students and academicians.

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