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Before You Start Your Research: How to Publish a Research Paper

Learn about how to publish in a scholarly journal

Why Publish?

"A string of impressive publications can propel a young scientist to the next academic stage, whereas an insufficient publication record can derail a career. Publications are the main way scientists publicize their work, and ultimately, it is by their papers that they will be judged."

- Kelner K. Tips for publishing in scientific journals. Science. 2007;4:1-4.

As healthcare practitioners, learners, academics, or researchers, the pressure to publish is often there. Whether it is for academic advancement, building your reputation, disseminating knowledge, publicizing a great new discovery, sharing our hard work, or the sheer pleasure of it. But how do you start? How can we publish an article in a high quality peer-reviewed journal? Read on for more tips and resources to help you in your publication journey.

Tips to Publishing a Journal Article

Guyatt GH, Brian Haynes R. Preparing reports for publication and responding to reviewers’ comments. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. 2006;59(9):900-906

Kelner K. Tips for publishing in scientific journals. Science. 2007;4:1-4

Shaikh AA. 7 steps to publishing in a scientific journal [Internet]. Elsevier Connect. Elsevier; 2016 [cited 2019 Feb 20]. Available from:

Simera I, Altman DG. Reporting medical research. International journal of clinical practice. 2013 Aug 1;67(8):710-6.

European Association of Science Editors. 2018. EASE Guidelines for Authors and Translators of Scientific Articles to be Published in English. European Science Editing 44(4):e1-e16. doi:10.20316/ESE.2018.44.e1