Writing for publication is an art that requires telling a vivid, carefully sequenced story about one’s research that clearly articulates the nature of the work and convinces readers of its importance.
It is also a skill that is developed and refined over time with the help of mentors and through practice, perseverance and experience.
It discusses general elements of manuscript preparation, such as the importance of selecting an appropriate journal, the value of writing clearly and concisely, and the importance of seeking informal reviews from colleagues before submitting the manuscript to a journal.
It also discusses elements specific to writing a research paper, providing advice on how to write the introduction, methods, results, discussion and conclusion sections.
The abstract is your opportunity to entice readers to read your paper.
It is often the first thing readers will explore to determine whether or not your paper is relevant to their interests.
Thus, make sure that the journal you select is a legitimate and well-recognized one.
Once you have chosen a journal, review its guidelines regarding abstract requirements, page or word limits, reference formatting, general format (font, margins, recommended or required structure) and requirements relating to tables and figures.
Start your manuscript writing by carefully selecting a title, which should be short yet comprehensive.
A good title provides readers with a clear idea about the paper.