Our PrimePCR™ PCR Primers and Assays group has come up with these handy tips for getting your work published. Check them out!
Choose the appropriate journal for your manuscript.
Look at the papers that you cite. Where are they published? Is your work specialized or broad? Is it appropriate for a society journal? Are you interested in open access to your publication?
Read and follow the author guidelines provided by the publication you are submitting to.
It sounds simple but this will expedite the review process.
Write a compelling cover letter to accompany your manuscript.
Clearly state the critical findings, why your research is important to the field, and why it is a good fit for the journal.
Follow the highest standards of data reporting for your field.
Make it easy for readers to follow your experiments and repeat your findings.
Be sure to follow all ethical guidelines and report accordingly.
This includes, but is not limited to, animal welfare, image manipulation, authorship, copyright, and appropriate citations.
Consider how multimedia may help communicate and illustrate your data.
With the increasing popularity of online publishing, figure number and length limits no longer apply. Video, links, and other rich media are easily meshed with your manuscript.
Have a colleague edit the manuscript.
Your submission should be polished and free of spelling and grammatical errors.
Don’t overstate your conclusions.
Be sure your conclusions are completely supported by data. Use softer language for weaker interpretations.
Respond to all reviewer comments.
Provide examples, respectfully disagree, or make changes — but be sure to address every comment.
Get published and track your article’s metrics.
Regardless of where you publish, your discoveries can be used by scientists all over the world. Check your citations, views, and downloads to analyze how your research
is impacting your field!
For more information on Bio-Rad’s PrimePCR™ PCR Primers and Assays, visit us at www.bio-rad.com/PrimePCR.