How to write and publish a word-class paper – tips & tricks

In our Seminar Carl Schwarz from Elsevier shared his do’s and don’ts regarding writing and publishing journal articles. You can download his powerpoint Publish a World-class Paper, Impact and Relevance and watch the presentation here (his presentation starts at 00.38.16).

Some attendants have indicated that they want more practical tips. In our library you can find a collection of practical books on writing, for example ‘Polishing your prose : how to turn first drafts into finished work’ and ‘The essential guide : research writing across the disciplines’. You can find more titles in this LibraryThing collection. The Medical Library has books focusing on medical writing.



Elsevier is not the only publisher who shares tips & tricks. Here is a selection of links:

Sage Connection – tips for you – blog with tips about writing, publishing etc.
Springer: The Author Academy – short courses (less than 15 minutes) including writing a manuscript, the peer review process (and how to respond to peer review) and Open Access.
WileyExchanges for researchers and for authors – includes for example a post on how to make your article better findable for search engines like Google.

The language & Training Centre of the Erasmus University Rotterdam offers a course ‘Academic Writing in English for PhD students’, see


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