How to publish in (different) journals? Erik Driessen & Janneke Frambach What will we discuss? • How to target your paper to a journal • What kind of considerations go into chosing a journal • How to handle the reviews Which journal? Who wants to publish a paper? • What will be your target journal? • Where do you think it will be accepted? Differences in journals • Scientific or general • Social sciences - bio med – specialist • North America – rest of the world • Open access - traditional journal Excercise - Purpose • Be aware of what you want to achieve – with this paper – for yourself Excercise - Instruction • Contrasting papers to identify the characteristics of different genres • Two contrasting papers: which differences do you see? In which aspects? All four papers available at www.erikdriessen.com Length Word count 14000 12000 10000 8000 6000 4000 2000 0 BMJ Rev Educ Res Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med Med Educ References Ref count 160 140 120 100 80 60 40 20 0 BMJ Rev Educ Res Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med Med Educ First sentences • Feedback is the cornerstone of effective clinical teaching. • Although it is often mentioned in articles about learning and teaching, surprisingly few recent studies have systematically investigated the meaning of feedback in classrooms. First sentences • Communication and professionalism form the foundation of the patient-physician relationship and are essential to quality health care. • Feedback is central to supporting cognitive, technical and professional development. Titles • Giving feedback in clinical settings • The power of feedback • Effect of multisource feedback on resident communication skills and professionalism • State of the science in health professional education: effective feedback Before you start your study • Think about the story you want to tell – What is your contribution to the scholarly discussion on this topic in this journal? • Orientate on possible target journals – Read the target journal’s Instructions to authors, editorials, top 10 downloads, instructions for reviewers – Audience – Theory – Literature – Methodology – ….. Before you start your writing • • • • • • • • Length Title Writing style Structure (headings) Co-authors References Tables and figures ….. Receiving reviews What’s your style? After the writing – reading the review report • Focus of the review • Role of editors • Harshness of review – Strictness of review – Rudeness of communication After the writing – reading the review report • Lenient or stubborn? – Do I want to revise? – To what extent? – Be respectful; respect other people’s opinions • Letter • Timing; an editor’s perspective on timing Conclusion Reading suggestions • Taylor R. 2005. The Clinician’s Guide to Medical Writing. New York: Springer. • Albert T. 2007. Winning the Publications Game. How to write a scientific paper without neglecting your patients. 2nd ed. Abingdon, Oxon: Radcliffe Medical Press. • Annesley T. 2011. Top 10 Tips for Responding to Reviewer and Editor Comments. Clin Chem: 57,4: 551-554.