This concise paperback is one of the best known guides to writing a paper for publication in biomedical journals. Its straightforward format - a chapter covering each of part of the structured abstract - makes it relevant and easy to use for any novice paper writer. How to Write a Paper addresses the mechanics of submission, including electronic submission, and how publishers handle papers, writing letters to journals abstracts for scientific meetings, and assessing papers. This new edition also covers how to write a book review and updated chapters on ethics, electronic publication and submission, and the movement for open access.
List of Contributors, vii Preface to the Fifth Edition, x Preface to the Fourth Edition, xi Chapter 1 Structure of a scientific paper, 1 George M. Hall Chapter 2 Introduction, 6 Richard Smith Chapter 3 Methods, 16 Gordon B. Drummond Chapter 4 Results, 22 Charles W. Hogue Chapter 5 Discussion, 29 George M. Hall Chapter 6 Titles, abstracts and authors, 33 Kevin W. Eva Chapter 7 Who should be an author?, 42 Richard Horton Chapter 8 References, 47 Simon Howell and Liz Neilly Chapter 9 Electronic submissions, 57 Michael Willis Chapter 10 Open access, 64 Mark Ware Chapter 11 How to write a letter, 71 Michael Doherty Chapter 12 How to prepare an abstract for a scientific meeting, 78 Robert N. Allan Chapter 13 How to write a case report, 83 Martin Neil Rossor Chapter 14 How to write a review, 89 Paul Glasziou Chapter 15 How to write a book review, 98 Mark W. Davies and Luke A. Jardine Chapter 16 The role of the manuscript assessor, 102 Domhnall MacAuley Chapter 17 The role of the editor, 115 Jennifer M. Hunter Chapter 18 What a publisher does, 124 Gavin Sharrock and Elizabeth Whelan Chapter 19 Style: what it is and why it matters, 133 Sharon Leng Chapter 20 Ethics of publication, 141 Chris Graf and Elissa Wilson Index, 151