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Dr. Zoran Dinev 3 minute read
October 25, 2018

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Writing an original journal article can be one of the most complicated processes, so it is imperative that academics and scientists who wish to publish their work know how to write a journal article. Although journals have different requirements and strict guidelines for publications, the writing tips that experts provide apply to most scholarly articles and journals across various research fields and specialisations.

  1. The first thing to ask yourself when begin drafting your paper is what type of article will be suitable for the kind of material you want to communicate. Original research is generally reported in an original research article, whereas a review and analysis of published research is written as a review article. Choosing the right article type before you start is very important.

  2. Another important consideration before you prepare a draft of your article is choosing your target journal. The scope, objectives and readership of the journal should match with your research. The journal should also publish the kind of paper suitable for communicating all the important aspects of your work.

  3. Once you have decided the target journal to which you want to submit your article, you should read the author guidelines. In most cases these guidelines provide useful information about how to write a journal article for publication. It also defines the house style and formatting required. This piece of information provided by the journal’s website must be followed with great care when preparing your article. Therefore, you need to pay close attention to every single detail, including examples and restrictions.

  4. With the essential information provided by the journal’s guidelines and your research notes, you are all set to outline the structure of your article. A scientific research article uses a predictable structure of introduction, methods, results, discussion, and conclusions, but this can vary depending on your research field or the type of paper. The structure and content of the paper should never be ignored; however, clear and logical organization increases the reader’s comprehension.

  5. Preparing tables and figures before you actually start drafting the paper is an excellent initiative before you actually start to write a journal article. These pieces of data, which are important for readers, can actually help authors analyse everything more effectively. Writing the main text with these tools also tends to reduce repetition of information.

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