What Editors Want
An Author's Guide to Scientific Journal Publishing
Research publications have always been key to building a successful career in science, yet little if any formal guidance is offered to young scientists on how to get research papers peer reviewed, accepted, and published by leading scientific journals. With What Editors Want, Philippa J. Benson and Susan C. Silver, two well-respected editors from the science publishing community, remedy that situation with a clear, straightforward guide that will be of use to all scientists.
Benson and Silver instruct readers on how to identify the journals that are most likely to publish a given paper, how to write an effective cover letter, how to avoid common pitfalls of the submission process, and how to effectively navigate the all-important peer review process, including dealing with revisions and rejection. With supplemental advice from more than a dozen experts, this book will equip scientists with the knowledge they need to usher their papers through publication.
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