Top 20 Ways to Reduce Word Count

Top 20 Ways to Reduce Word Count

You’re finally in a writing rhythm, and you’ve carefully crafted and edited your manuscript to perfection. But it surpasses the peer-reviewed journal’s word limit. In many cases, if a submitted manuscript is just one word over the maximum allowed, the paper is...

Figure Legends

Figure Legends

Last week we enjoyed a favourite blog post from the past on Creating Figures for Your Manuscript. It seems appropriate to review the corresponding post on Figure Legends this week.  I hope you’ll find this information helpful.  According to my Twitter feed, a number...

Creating Figures for Your Manuscript

Creating Figures for Your Manuscript

One of my most popular blog posts is this early one on Creating Figures for Your Manuscript. I’ve been told again and again how useful this information is. So I thought it was time to re-post it. Enjoy!   “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Perhaps. A good...

Addressing Reviewer Comments

Addressing Reviewer Comments

You’ve submitted your manuscript, and the decision was “revise and resubmit” – the journal has requested “major” revisions. Sometimes the reviewers’ comments are a single page of relatively positive comments that can be addressed fairly easily, along with one or two...

Developing the Response to Reviewers

Developing the Response to Reviewers

You’ve submitted your manuscript and have been anxiously following along with the peer-review process. “Under review.” “Reviewer comments received.” “Editorial decision.” Here we go – what will they say?  The best case scenario is “Accept” with no revisions, but...

The Best Worst Reviewer Comments

The Best Worst Reviewer Comments

Reviewer comments are the most fundamental component of the peer-review process for publishing scientific manuscripts. They are also the most anxiety-laden, occasionally joyful, hopefully constructive, but often disheartening, painful, and sometimes cruel and...

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