Follow this summary list of Do’s and Don’ts in journal publishing:

The Dos:

  • Communicate your ideas clearly and precisely. You are telling the readers about a novel research and not stories about your work.
  • Highlight the ideas and the methods used in research. Justify your research with specific reasons.
  • Always verify the accuracy and correctness of the data you present. This is important because your work may form the basis of future research in the selected area.
  • Make sure that whatever information you present, the readers are able to form a right and thorough conception of the topic in all its aspects.
  • Perform a thorough literature research for trustworthy and most up-to-date information.
  • Test your research information for reliability and present it with ample analysis and logic to show how it conveys and supports your research.
  • Provide solid evidence and sufficient supporting arguments in favor of your research findings.
  • Write your paper with only details about the research work.
  • Cite your references appropriately. Mark your notes to remember where you took the information from. Find a reliable source for your citations.
  • Proofread the paper several times. Take help from your friends/colleagues/professional editors in proofreading and editing your paper.

The Don’ts:

  • Do not misrepresent any information in the paper. Be honest with the readers.
  • Don’t include anything that doesn’t answer the questions or solve problems you ought to with your research.
  • Don’t add any unnecessary details. Keep it relevant and to the point.
  • Don’t give incomplete or absurd reasons for doing the research.
  • Don’t exceed the recommended word limit. This shows you don’t respect the guidelines of the journal.
  • Don’t make too many generalisations in the paper. Have your own voice in writing a paper. A paper full of overviews gives an impression that you have nothing to say.
  • Don’t write for the sake of writing. Make sure that each of your findings support the cause.
  • Don’t forget to reference any supporting material or related research by other prominent researchers.
  • Don’t cite Wikipedia as a reference source.
  • Don’t use other’s work without rephrasing the sentences.

Following these tips won’t only ease your process of writing research manuscript, but also ensure you follow the ethics of scientific writing with stringency