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Publishing Your Research: Where to Start

Why Publish Your Research?

  • Communicate research findings to improve patient care
  • Advance biomedical knowledge to benefit society
  • Establish yourself as knowledgeable in chosen topics

Getting Published

Inclusivity in Scholarly Communication

Tips for Publishing Your Research

When starting to think about publishing some research you have conducted, use these tips to plan your publishing journey. You can also start looking at journals that publish the subject matter and type of research you are writing about.

Select a topic

  1. Ask a simple question 
    • Select a topic that has high impact in a time frame you can complete
  2. Find a mentor who has published in your field
  3. Get used to writing. Practice as much as you can
  4. If you need funds, check with your department to see what they have to offer
  5. Create your own tables and figures and make them perfect 
  6. Keep your references together and check for the correct format. Citation management software can help

There are many web sites and articles on how to get published. Seek out assistance from faculty and remember the librarians can work with you on searching the literature to make sure you have an optimal topic.

How Long Will It Take?

From manuscript completion to publication it can take from 6 months for review and then 6 months for the publication to be available. This does vary from publisher to publisher.

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  • Make appointments to go over search strategies
  • Manage references
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    • Citation formating
    • Avoiding plagiarism
    • More!

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