"What Editors Want is an absolute goldmine of information."
Andrew Sugden, deputy editor, Science
“With this book, Benson and Silver have provided a guide to the art of preparing and submitting scientific manuscripts, with particular focus on the editor’s likely requirements. But they have done much more than that: they have placed their manual in the wider context of the need for science to be communicated to the public beyond the narrower realm of research. I shall certainly be recommending What Editors Want to authors, particularly those at an early point in their career. And as an editor, I shall even use this book to remind myself what I want.”
"A sharply focused manual for navigating the mainstream of academic publication. With an easy authority and relatively few citations, authors Philippa J. Benson and Susan C. Silver present advice on how to publish—rather than perish. It is hard to imagine a science graduate student whose career would not benefit from reading this book."
Lyne Yohe, managing editor, Geology
“This book is a great resource for young scientists as they begin their career-long ‘publish or perish’ marathon, and for those researchers unfamiliar with the Western STM publishing process. Journal quality is enhanced, and my job as a managing editor is made considerably easier, by authors who choose the right journal, understand the peer review and revision process, and take the time to learn and adhere to a journal's specific requirements. The section on new trends in scientific publishing is especially helpful in this era of rapid changes in how scientific knowledge is shared across the globe.”
"A thorough explanation of the basic workings of science publishing [What Editors Want] gives the readers a perspective on not only what requirements they may encounter in trying to publish, but why those requirements are in place."
Peter Binfield, publisher and co-founder, PeerJ
“What Editors Want contains clear and practical advice on how to get your manuscript published in the peer reviewed literature. Packed with straightforward advice and insights, it will be useful for new and experienced authors alike.”
Publishing Research Quarterly
"While there are other guides on how to write about science, What Editors Want is the first guide to understanding how the U.S. science publication process works. In this new book, Philippa Benson and Susan Silver have done an excellent job of explaining the publishing standards that apply to science writers and how to meet them. They also present this information in a way that is readable and easily accessible."
"An interesting, useful, and above all, an eminently accessible book for authors—easy to read, pragmatic in its advice, and suffi ciently detailed to provide useful information."
Chapter 1. Who cares what Editors want?
Chapter 2. Changing perspective from author to Editor
Chapter 3. Judging the newness of your science
Chapter 4. Authorship issues
Chapter 5. Choosing the right journal
Chapter 6. Understanding impact factors
Chapter 7. How to write a cover letter
Chapter 8. Preparing for manuscript submission or “What Editors wish you knew”
Chapter 9. Who does what in peer review
Chapter 10. Dealing with decision letters
Chapter 11. Ethical issues in publishing
Chapter 12. Trends in scientific publishing
Appendix 1 Resources for improving science writing
Appendix 2 Databases with free access to articles or abstracts
Appendix 3 Presubmission checklist
Appendix 4 Free and low-cost image resources
Appendix 5 The Brussels Declaration
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