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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...

My Current Peeve: Regime vs Regimen

My Current Peeve: Regime vs Regimen

The words regime and regimen are often confused by writers. In recent months, I’ve seen the word regime used incorrectly more and more often. I’m sure that, on occasion, it’s simply a mistake made by autocorrect or by a careless, quick tap on the wrong word. But I’ve...

Writing Abstracts that Get Accepted

Writing Abstracts that Get Accepted

By Guest Contributor Miranda A. L. van Tilburg, PhD   A Google search on how to write an abstract for submission to a medical conference will give you millions of hits. Most of these tell you what to write where, advise you to know the conference requirements...

The Purpose Statement

The Purpose Statement

The purpose statement of a manuscript is the most important sentence in the paper. The entire manuscript is constructed around and flows from the purpose statement. If the purpose of your study is not clear, the reader will have difficulty understanding the need for...

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