Recognising the importance for young academics of getting published in internationally respected journals, two professors at Damascus University have published a paper outlining the basics of how to write and publish research.
The professors, Raneem Husam Darkazali and Omar Hamadah, also describe helpful factors that will increase young academics’ chances of getting their papers accepted for publication by a journal in their field.
The full paper can be downloaded from the Telegram channel at this link: t.me/practical_guide_in_oral_medicine. Following is a summary of some of its highlights.
Choose the Right Journal
Before you start writing, you must first determine the journal you intend to publish your research in. This is important in terms of format and writing style, since your style should suit your targeted readers. For instance, if you are targeting a specialist journal, you can expect your readers to be experts in that particular field. If you are targeting a general medical journal, then readers’ expertise may be in other areas. This has implications in terms of the magnitude or the type of information your article should include.
Scientific Papers’ Main Sections
The majority of scientific research papers follow the “IMRaD” format, which consists of four main sections: Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion. Of course, there are exceptions to this format, so you should always read the instructions for authors at your chosen journal and make sure your paper conforms to the format needed.
Besides the four main sections, your paper should include an abstract, tables, illustrations and a bibliography.