Prepare Yourself to Write a Journal Article

Tips to prepare for writing a research paper to be published in a journal. Highlights the importance of simple language, refereeing system, journal selection, sample articles, and the use of a publication/style manual.

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Khalid Mahmood

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  • Key learning points for me:

    1. A journal article is written to communicate a message to others.

    2. Writer should mentally be prepared for rejection of his or her article by editorial board or reviewers.

    3. Simple but correct English, appropriate research, and clarity in communicating the message are good enough to start writing an article.

    4. Select relevant journal(s) for publishing an article and read their instructions for authors.

    5. Search and read a model article or key study on the proposed topic.

    6. Consult publication manual relevant to the discipline.