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Getting papers accepted: How to do it

Raoul Breugelmans
International Medical Communications Center
Tokyo Medical University

19 April 2006


Recently there has been increasing pressure on physicians to not only publish in English, but publish in high-impact factor journals. As translators and editors who work with such authors, it is part of our job to give proper advice on how to increase the chances of papers getting accepted. The aim of this presentation was to give translators and editors some information on simple but common mistakes that can easily be avoided, a short review of the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, and twenty rules to follow to improve the chances of acceptance. 

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Outline

Avoiding simple mistakes - TOP TEN HIT PARADE

  1. Spacing – when to, when not to.
  2. Male/female
  3. Diagnosis
  4. Prognosis
  5. Abbreviations
  6. Less than, More than, Or less, Or more
  7. Performances
  8. Locations of manufacturers
  9. Selection
  10. Concluding meaningless statements

The Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (Vancouver Style)

Twenty rules to improve acceptance


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