Author Resources


Access helpful hints for writing the perfect manuscript.


  • Free Learning Model to Start Writing Now

    Start planning and drafting your research article today with a free online learning model which enables authors to create an article from scratch by following user-friendly cues that walk them through the IMRAD process of scientific writing. This new tool is designed for to help authors quickly prepare their research manuscript and become better writers of scientific literature.


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    New Scholars Writing for Publication


    Aspiring scholars rightly recognize publication of their first peer-reviewed paper as a critical career milestone. It signals active engagement with the discourse in a field and contribution to the body of knowledge. This article provides information about some common issues and guidance about how to best approach them to engender a positive experience. 

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    So You Want to Publish?

    For new and experienced authors, finding the right journal with the right audience for the right article can be a challenge. Doing your homework and choosing the right journal for your article is the first step in getting published.


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    Help Journal Editors Help You: Five Tips from Eye & Contact Lens

    As an author, you want to get published in the right journal by the right editor. Journal Managing Editor Terry Monahan shares her top five tips so you can avoid being rejected.


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    Scientific Writing Toolkit Prepares Authors to Write and Publish their Research

    While the work of academic scientists comprises an important portion of the scientific literature, it is imperative that the work of those in the practice community contributes to that literature if effective policies and practices are to be identified and implemented.


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    Writing Manuscripts About Quality Improvement: Squire 2.0 and Beyond

    When writing a manuscript about a quality improvement study, it’s always a good idea to develop your manuscript following the Standards for Quality Improvement Reporting Excellence, or SQUIRE, guidelines. Although these guidelines may not be required by a publisher when submitting a manuscript, following them.


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  • Combating New Developments in Academic Misconduct

    Traditionally the province of rogue individuals, academic misconduct has entered a new era in which third parties are exploiting submission loopholes to manipulate the peer review process. Consequently, authors should be aware that not all editorial service providers operate within the bounds of accepted ethical standards. In reaction, the editorial services industry is launching a new initiative to institute operational guidelines for editorial service providers.


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    Plagiarism in Academic Publishing

    It is extremely important to remember, when writing a paper, to acknowledge all such sources clearly and completely. Attempting to use the ideas, words, or work done earlier by another person, without giving them due credit, is considered extremely unethical and is termed plagiarism. 


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    Avoiding Pitfalls in Conflict of Interest Disclosure

    As an author you may have a variety of financial or volunteer relationships with industry, community organizations, or private foundations that range from research funding to consultation.


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    Patient Consent

    Failure to obtain informed consent in at the beginning of your resarch can be very costly.  Learn how to avoid potential troubles when submitting your manuscript.


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    The EQUATOR Network and Research Reporting Guidelines

    Submitting compelling and novel content to a journal is only one element in having an article accepted for publication. The presentation and organization of your manuscript is essential in convincing editors and reviewers that your work has been thoroughly prepared and able to withstand scrutiny. To that end, The EQUATOR Network compiles research reporting guidelines.


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