Publishing Your Research in Academic Journals He Yan ( 何燕 ) Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics School of Public Health Capital Medical University
Main contents • Introduction to SCI • Main points of scientific papers • Effective writing skills
Introduction to SCI • Science Citation Index （科学引文索引） • Produced by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI, 美国科学情报研究所 ) in 1960. • Now owned by Thomson Reuters
• International, Multidisciplinary, Comprehensive index • Separated into two parts according to amounts of source journals: SCI ( Science Citation Index ) SCI-E ( Science Citation Index Expanded )
SCI : data from over 3,700 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals across 100 disciplines SCI-E: data from over 6,650 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals across 150 disciplines
The characteristics of SCI-E ： • More Comprehensive and Relevant Coverage • More stronger function • More timely refreshing
The impact factor (IF) of the journal is the important reason for journal selections of SCI . In a given year, the impact factor of a journal is the average number of citations to those papers that were published during the two preceding years. Impact factor ( 影响因子 )
For example, the 2011 impact factor of a journal would be calculated as follows: A = the number of times articles published in 2009 and 2010 were cited by indexed journals during 2011 B = the total number of "citable items" published in 2009 and 2010. ("Citable items" are usually articles, reviews, proceedings, or notes; not editorials or Letters-to-the-Editor.) 2011 impact factor = A / B
1. What is a Research Paper • A research paper is a piece of writing which is based on extensive research on a certain subject. • The writer of a good research paper should be able to find, select, and weigh evidence , make inferences , and reach viable conclusions .
2. Purpose of Writing Research Papers • Essence of academia: creation and dissemination of new knowledge • A permanent record of knowledge • Promotions are mostly based on publications: “Publish or Perish” • Papers are often more important than grants: a grant is a promise and a paper is a product • Increase the opportunity to be funded for a grant
2. Purpose of Writing Research Papers • Research papers are often required in college courses, particularly in the U.S. and U.K. • Writing research papers is very crucial for graduate studies. • The ability to write good research papers is often highly valuable for one’s future career.
3. Features of Academic Writing (1) It is based on extensive research of proven facts and authoritative testimony ; (2) The author’s voice tends to be objective and neutral ; (3) The style tends to be formal .
4. Structure of a Research Paper • Title • Author’s name and affiliation • Abstract • Introduction • Method • Results • Discussion and Conclusions • References • Acknowledgment
Tell an Important, Interesting, and Consistent (Short) Story • Why did you study it?
- Spring '16
- Academic publishing, Academic journal, varicella