Writing Medical Papers A Practical Guide

Reviewing published examples of abstracts from the journal you intend to submit may also be helpful.

A well-written abstract will not ensure acceptance, but a poor or hastily written one will certainly jeopardize or prolong time to publication.

When writing the abstract, pick out only the most important points from later drafts of the manuscript.

Consider writing the abstract last to better determine the most important manuscript points.

A special section is devoted to the publications ethics, the problems of duplicate submissions, “salami” submissions of parts of a same study, and disclosures.

A section “good do know” summarizes the procedure after acceptance of the manuscript: production chain, production editor, typesetter, building of the proofs—corresponding author—indexing, factors—role of publishers, supporting the journal, plagiarism search, subscriptions, marketing and distribution, open access. A 5 page index allows a quick access to the different topics.

Yet few in our field have received formal training in scientific writing.

In light of this, our commentary is uniquely focused on the needs of those new to scientific writing, with particular relevance to researchers in PHM.

We hope this will enable new investigators to overcome inertia in the writing process and assist in the dissemination of new knowledge in our field.

After the title, abstracts are the first (and often only) opportunity to capture your audience.

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