14851 - The inside view on writing for medical journals...

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The inside view on writing for medical journals Richard Smith Editor, BMJ
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What I might talk about Why publish? What do editors want? The basics of writing a paper The rudiments of style Peer review processes Authorship/contributorship Conflict of interest Redundant publication Good practice in publishing
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Why publish? Because you have something important to say To change practice To promote thought or debate To allow examination of your work “Fame and the love of beautiful women” Money Career advancement To entertain/divert/amuse To educate To console
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What do editors want? Excitement/ “wow” Importance Originality Relevance to the audience True Clearly written Engagingly written
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Utility of information Utility=relevance x validity x interactivity work to access
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The basics of writing a paper 1. Before you begin What do I have to say? Is it worth saying? What is the right format for the message? What is the audience for the message? Where should I publish the message? How can I best use paper and the web?
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The basics of writing a paper 2. The importance of structure Structure is everything.
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The basics of writing a paper 3. Possible structures Beginning, middle, end ( A A beginning, a muddle, and an end. @ Philip Larkin) Tell people what you are going to say, say it, tell them what you = ve said Rudyard Kipling: ( A I keep six honest serving me, (They taught me all I knew), Their names are What and Why and When, And How and Where and Who?)
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The basics of writing a paper 3. Possible structures continued News story: (Story in the title; story in the first line; expand slightly on the story in the first paragraph; give the evidence for the story; give the counter view) ImraD (Introduction, methods, results, and discussion) Stream of consciousness Chronology: diary, autobiography
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The basics of writing a paper 3. Possible structures continued A list Something very formal: for example, sonnet, limerick, haiku Ulysses
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The basics of writing a paper 4. Still structure Make sure that readers know where they are, where they are going, and why.
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The basics of writing a paper 5. IMRaD Introduction--Why did I do it? Methods--What did I do? Results--What did I find? Discussion-- What might it mean? What is our overall finding? What are the strengths and weaknesses of the study in relation to other studies? Why might we have got different results? What might the study mean, particularly for clinicians or policy makers? What questions remain unanswered and what next?
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5. IMRaD (Introduction) Why did we start?
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This note was uploaded on 02/23/2012 for the course PHARM 290 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Rutgers.

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