How to Write a Research Manuscript

Deborah J. Frank1

1 Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
Publication Name:  Current Protocols Essential Laboratory Techniques
Unit Number:  Appendix 5C
DOI:  10.1002/9780470089941.eta05cs02
Online Posting Date:  December, 2009
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Abstract

This unit provides a step‐by‐step guide to help you turn your high‐quality data into a high‐quality manuscript for publication in a scientific journal. It covers all aspects of the writing process, including: choosing a journal to which to submit your paper, how to proceed through writing each section, formulating your “story,” making figures, soliciting constructive criticism, and navigating the review process. Curr. Protoc. Essential Lab. Tech. 2:A.5C.1‐A.5C.18. © 2009 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Keywords: manuscript; journal; figure; review; publication

     
 
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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Examples of Good Papers to Model
  • Deciding When to Start Writing the Manuscript
  • Before You Start Writing
  • Getting Started on the Actual Writing
  • Putting it All Together
  • Soliciting and Responding to Constructive Criticisms
  • Three Style Issues
  • Cover Letter
  • Submission
  • The Review Process
  • Rebuttal Letter
  • After Your Paper is Accepted
  • Conclusion
  • Literature Cited
  • Figures
     
 
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Literature Cited

Literature Cited
   Dyson, S. and Gurdon, J.B. 1998. The interpretation of position in a morphogen gradient as revealed by occupancy of activin receptors. Cell 93:557‐568.
   Freeman, M. 1996. Reiterative use of the EGF receptor triggers differentiation of all cell types in the Drosophila eye. Cell 87:651‐660.
   Noller, H.F., Hoffarth, V., and Zimniak, L. 1992. Unusual resistance of peptidyl transferase to protein extraction procedures. Science 256:1416‐1419.
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