How to Select a Format for Scientific Papers

The good news is that scientific papers do not have a hard line format. There is a generalised format that can be customised and modified as per the requirements of the researcher. However you need to follow the guidelines that the institute provides as the requirements vary from one to another.

The format depends largely on the type of research that one is doing and there are a couple of sources from which guidelines for format can be sought:

  1. Modules by International Associations: for all scientific subjects, there is a body of international association that exists that works as a model for the relevant discipline which is followed internationally in all institutions that teach that discipline. For instance, psychology researchers need to follow the guideline of APA( American Psychology Association)
  2. Manual by the university/institution: A lot of universities, in an attempt to create their own distinguishing mark, create their own subjective research standards. They give a detailed set of guidelines to the researchers to follow.  You need to go through the manual to understand which format to follow, these days the universities do give online access to research paper formats as well.
  3. Research guide: research guide, particularly an experienced research guide is someone who can guide you in following the proper format. They know the requirements of the university and in addition they also know the rules of research with all the publications they may have in their kitty and the previous supervisions they might have done. It indeed is first hand guidance in terms of format that you can get and it is an informal source if your supervisor is accessible and you have informal relations with him.
  4. Journal: if you have your journal chosen where you want to try sending your paper for publication, then you need to follow the specific format they have set for themselves as otherwise you may not be able to get approval from the journal for publication. Sometimes the journals reject the paper because or formatting issues and sometimes they may resend to incorporate formatting guidelines, in whichever case, o you must meticulously follow the research guidelines that have been set by the chosen journal.

The type of research: The type of research that you undertake will also determine the format you are going to follow. Qualitative research may have a different format as compared to the requirements of a quantitative research. Keep that in mind when you structure your research.

Do you want to accelerate your publication process? Here is how to go about it!

 Writing a research paper is a journey in itself and the publication process can all the more add to the miseries of the daunting journey. Here are the ways to add up and accelerate the process of publication for you:

  1. Get in touch with the journal: It is always better to take up a pre submission enquiry of the chosen journal so that you can know their interest in your manuscript.  The response would give a fair idea whether you have a chance of paper acceptance here or no and whether is it worth to proceed with the long and grilling pre submission process.
  1. Stay glued to the guidelines: Journals are very specific of their guidelines and very particular about them also, at the same time. If you adhere to the guidelines very meticulously, you avoid all unnecessary delays in the publication process.
  1. Have an impressive cover letter: The first impression is the last impression. It is a means to showcase the relevance and findings of your work. Know always that an effective cover letter that is sent to an appropriate journal works in a great way to convince the editors immediately to proceed your manuscript further for the review process.
  1. Do regular follow ups: There is no standard time for follow ups with journals for the time taken for the review process. You may learn about it from formal sources such as the website of the journal, guide or from colleagues and friends who have prior experience of publication with that journal. It is ok to keep patience for a while and then check with the journal for any update about the manuscript so that you don’t miss on to any development that may have taken place.
  1. Do respond to reviewers comments: In worthy and reputed journals, the manuscript almost always comes back with changes and recommendations for the writer. It is must to give a thorough, clear and a very polite response to the editor’s and reviewers comments. It would increase the chances of acceptance in the next round of review, this saving you some good time.

Whatever stage of research you be, these tips would surely  help you to improvise and accelerate your publication process and make you feel at peace after having done all the work in the research journey.