A small step towards publishing a world class paper

On June 8, the University Library organized the third edition of the popular seminar series 'How to publish a world class paper'.

06/14/2017 | 11:59 AM

A leading publisher, an experienced editor and reviewer, and an up-and-coming researcher shared their personals views and advice on research and scientific publishing with an eager audience of junior researchers.

Each of the speakers focused on their own role in the publishing process, but common ground was easily discovered: focus on doing good quality research that is novel, methodologically sound, and relevant to a wide audience; think about publishing afterwards. Low quality research rarely ends up in world class papers, but high quality research still needs good communication to be recognized as the treasure it is. Therefore, writing and publishing are an integral part of an academic career.

Many other useful tips and tricks were mentioned during the seminar. A small selection:
 - Train your brain to be creative by reading and discussing. Write down all your ideas. Team up with peers and mentors. The ability to generate ideas is a key skill for scientists.
 - Communicating complex ideas is difficult. Stay focused. Practice explaining your research with your family and friends, slowly move towards less amenable audiences. Listen carefully.
 - Choose a journal wisely. Aiming too high will cost time unnecessarily; aiming too low will cost recognition. Don't blindly follow journal impact factors, but do not ignore them either. Don't be shy, but also don't blow up your results. Avoid speculation, rather do more research.
 - Emphasize the broader scope in your research, link your specialist topic to a broader theme.
 - Rejections are very common. Don't take it personally, try again. Address all comments carefully and politely. If someone misunderstands your research, you probably didn't explained it well enough.

Read more in the slides for the presentations:
 - Liesbeth Mol, Vice President Physics and Astronomy bij Springer Nature.
   'Publishing scientific articles - a publisher's perspective'

 - Nico M. van Straalen, professor Dierecologie bij Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
   'A reviewer's perspective on how to publish a world class paper'

 - Tomas Knapen, PI Visual Neuroscience lab bij Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
   'How to publish a world class (?) paper'

In his presentation, Tomas Knapen mentioned the books of Edward Tufte. The University Library has some of his books available

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