[UCP Books]: What Editors Want: An Author's Guide to Scientific Journal Publishing

“I shall certainly be recommending What Editors Want to authors. . . .  And as an editor, I shall even use this book to remind myself what I want.”
Andrew Sugden, deputy editor, Science

What Editors Want

An Author’s Guide to Scientific Journal Publishing
By Philippa J. Benson & Susan C. Silver

Published by the University of Chicago Press

Publication Date: December 28, 2012 Paper $20.00/£13.00
UK Publication Date: January 7, 2013 ISBN-13: 978-0-22-604314-2
With ears of research months of writing invested, and often a career on the line, the process for submitting a research paper for publication can be a nerve-racking experience, especially since there has been little quality advice on what to do once the final footnote is typed. Until now. Phillippa J. Benson and Susan C. Silver set out to remedy this, and with What Editors Want finally demystify the process. With chapters that include “Choosing the right journal,” “How to write a cover letter,” “Dealing with decision letters,” and “What Editors wish you knew” What Editors Want offers clear guidance for navigating every step towards publication.
The book is packed with practical examples, useful lists, and the most up-to-date advice on what authors need to know to successfully submit their papers for publication. Benson and Silver discuss a range of issues from the uses and abuses of the IF system, to sending the right images, to why choosing to write about this month’s hottest topic can backfire in the long run. In addition, more than a dozen sidebars from editors and experts across scientific disciplines offer inside knowledge on what makes your paper move from “pass” to “publish.”

Philippa J. Benson
has taught science writing and technical communication at Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown, the United Nations, and the National Institutes of Health, and has launched scientific publications for two conservation organizations. Susan C. Silver is editor in chief of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, published by the Ecological Society of America.


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