How to increase your chances of publishing
Every scientist is required to publish their work, a process that gives creditability to their findings and provides a platform for the real-life application of the findings. Although the conduct of experiments is the core of much scientific work, there is sadly a percentage of studies that are based on flawed designs or written by authors who do not understand how to robustly analyse the data they generate. The consequence is that when they attempt to publish in reputable journals, they often have their papers rejected. In other cases, authors may fail to consider the scope of a target journal, their papers are poorly written, or not formatted according to the journal’s guidelines. These again lead to rejection. Overall, this presents a large cost to the research and development (R&D) sector, as some work will never get published, and therefore, the investment has yielded zero returns. In addition, the time spent revising papers adds to the overall cost of undertaking R&D. In many cases, better training can help to reduce these costs and significantly improve the scientific output of scientists. This paper is designed to help authors to improve their success rate when attempting to publish.