News, views, and insider information from the academic publishing industry!
Journal impact factor versus altmetrics
The emergence and slight shift towards alternative metrics have many researchers question the importance of the journal impact factor
(JIF). In this post we'll walk you through what they are, how they work, and why the research community is divided.
Self-plagiarism: What it is and why you should avoid it
The rules about citing and quoting previous work – to avoid plagiarism – relate equally to one’s own previous writing. In this article, we cover what self-plagiarism is, and the reasons and ways to avoid it in your research papers.
In most cases editing and proofreading is not enough to get a paper ready for submission. So instead of just fixing grammatical errors and
spelling mistakes, I started adding detailed comments and questions about the structure, content, conclusions. This was how the manuscript
health check was
Shhhhhh. Listen carefully. Can you hear anything? Look carefully. Notice anything different? What you can't see and can’t hear is the
heart-centred way of doing business. It has changed the way that we do business and it will change the way you publish your manuscript.
How to choose the best academic journal for your paper
Journal selection is one of those things that comes with experience. How do you decide if you have a Nature or Science paper in your hand or
if it is more suitable for the dreaded (for all the wrong reasons!) specialised journal?
Three questions to ask your scientific paper editor
Would you take skiing lessons from a snowboarder? What does this have to do with editing a manuscript? Find out in our latest post
about the differences between editors and how to choose the right one!
Tips for accelerating the publication of your manuscript
A rapid and timely publication process can speed up the distribution of findings, lower the chances of being scooped, and allow you to focus
on the next project. Whether you are currently experimenting with or are in the middle of writing, the following tips may help you increase
your publication speed:
Do you really need proofreading and editing services?
There are thousands of proofreaders and editors out there. So how do you choose the best one for your needs? You can look for a freelance
editor and hope for the best. Sites like?freelancer.com?and?fiverr.com?are
the best place to look.