Scientific Writing in English

Writing in English for Non-Native Authors
Language tips from Edanz Group.

This is a writing-enhancement platform and software. It carries out more than 250 English grammar checks; it proofreads and detects plagiarism in the process and finally provides users with a list of possible errors for correction. The link to Grammarly is located on the Wikipedia-page under “External links”.

Manuscript Preparation

Tips for writing a research paper – IMRaD
By Edanz Group

Guidelines on Writing a Scientific Paper
By Mind the Graph

How to Write a Research Paper
By using small, simple exercises and feedback, this book by Simon Kendal aims to develop the practical and analytical skills needed to write a good research paper or a research chapter in a dissertation – assignments that many undergraduate and M.Sc. students at University face.

Writing a research paper: Part 1
Tips for writing a research manuscript efficiently and completely. Edanz Group 2017.

Innovating the Authors Experience: Overcoming Challenges on the Path to Publication Success
Raye W, Hindle A, Shaw B. Edanz Group 2017

Research to Publication
This program, created by BMJ in collaboration with the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), develop your research skills and learn how to write papers that get published.

Plagiarism Detection

iThenticate is the leading provider of professional plagiarism detection and prevention technology used worldwide by scholarly publishers and research departments to ensure the originality of written work before publication.

This is is an entirely browser-based web service that verifies the authenticity of documents. Files can be uploaded in all common file formats (MS Word, PDF and many more). Alternatively, users can paste text directly into PlagScan and check for authenticity.

Tables and Figures

Display Items – Figures and Tables
By Edanz Group

Producing Good Figures
By Edanz Group

Figures: Permissions and Acceptable Reuse
By Edanz Group


Writing Acknowledgments
By Edanz Group

Journal Selection 

Choosing a Journal for Your Manuscript
Tips for selecting a target journal for your academic or research paper. Edanz Group 2017.

Tips for Selecting a Journal
By Edanz Group

Journal Selection Tools

Edanz Journal Selector
Enter your abstract or sample text and the Journal Selector returns a list of journals that publish in related areas. You can refine your results based on the factors that matter to you, like publication frequency, Impact Factor or publishing model, including open access.

Springer Journal Suggester
More than 2,500 Springer and BioMed Central journals are searched to find relevant journals based on the manuscript details.

Elsevier Journal Finder
Simply insert the title and abstract and select the appropriate field-of-research for the best results. Elsevier Journal Finder uses smart search technology and field-of-research specific vocabularies to match the article to Elsevier journals.

Answer 11 questions, and you get the top 5 publications best suited to your research. Compare at a glance in seconds. The database covers more than 29,000 journals in over 4,500 research areas, including 100% coverage of SCI-indexed journals.

Jane: Journal/Author Name Estimator
This is a freely available web-based application that, on the basis of a sample text (e.g. the title and abstract of a manuscript), can suggest journals and experts who have published similar articles.

Other Websites

Think. Check. Submit.?
This website provides an easy-to-use checklist that researchers can refer to when they are investigating whether a journal can be trusted.

Open Access Journals without Publication Fees
Selected journals with Impact Factor indexed in PubMed.

Journal Impact Factor Search Engine
Journal Impact Factor (IF) is a measure reflecting the average number of citations to articles published in science and social science journals. It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field, with journals with higher impact factors deemed to be more important than those with lower ones.

Recommended Journals
List of selected journals that have published articles by Geir Bjørklund & Co.

Delayed Open Access Journals
These are traditional subscription-based journals that provide free online access upon the expiry of an embargo period following the initial publication date (with the embargo length varying from a few months to two or more years). A journal subscription or an individual article purchase fee would be required to access the materials before this embargo period ends.

SCImago Journal & Country Rank
This is a portal that includes the journals and country scientific indicators developed from the information contained in the Scopus® database (Elsevier B.V.).

Medknow Publications
This is a publisher for peer-reviewed, online/print+online scholarly journals indexed with most international A&I databases. It provides immediate free access to the electronic editions of the journals majority of which do not charge the author or author’s institution for submission, processing or publication of the articles.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
Database of open access publications

Working with References

Formatting References
By Edanz Group

Journal Titles and Abbreviations

All that JAS 
A collection of Web resources that list or provide access to the full title of journal abbreviations.

Biological Journals and Abbreviations 
From the University of South Florida. The focus is on biological and medical journals.

CAS Source (CASSI) Source Tool
From Chemical Abstracts Service, CASSI is a free resource that can be used to quickly and easily look up or confirm publication titles and abbreviations in an accessible electronic format.

Genamics JournalSeek
This is the largest completely categorized database of freely available journal information available on the internet. Journal information includes the description (aims and scope), journal abbreviation, journal homepage link, subject category and ISSN.   

ISI Journal Titles
If you need a list of the journals indexed by Web of Science or Current Contents, this is a useful resource. NOTE: The ISI’s abbreviations are quite “non-standard”.

NLM Catalog: Journals referenced in the NCBI Databases (PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine)
Enter the journal name, MEDLINE abbreviation, a word from the title, or ISSN. This database uses the “standard abbreviation”, as defined by ISSN and used also by BIOSIS and CASSI. The whole List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus (Pubmed) is also available in PDF format.

Find the Reference

Publication Search on ResearchGate
Advanced search is a quick and easy way to find and discover research, read abstracts in your field, or find a journal where you can publish your own work.
WorldCat is the world’s largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online.

Publication Ethics

The Declaration of Helsinki (DoH)
DoH is a set of ethicals regarding human experimentation developed for the medical community by the World Medical Association.

Informed Consent: What Is It & How Do You Get It?
By Edanz Group

Overlapping Publications
The ICMJE recommendations

Figures: Permissions and Acceptable Reuse
By Edanz Group

Understanding Copyright
By Edanz Group

Copyright Clearance Center
The mission of the CCC is to make it easy for people to get, use and share content worldwide, while protecting the interests of creators, publishers and other copyright holders.

Declaring Conflicts of Interest
By Edanz Group

The ICMJE Conflict of Interest form
This form is used by many journals.

The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)
COPE provides advice to editors and publishers on all aspects of publication ethics and, in particular, how to handle cases of research and publication misconduct.

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)
The ICMJE is a small working group of general medical journal editors whose participants meet annually and fund their own work on the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals.

The European Association of Science Editors (EASE)
EASE is an international community of individuals and associations from diverse backgrounds, linguistic traditions and professional experience in science communication and editing.

CONSORT – CONsolidated Standards Of Reporting Trials
The CONSORT Group is an international and eclectic group, comprising trialists, methodologists and medical journal editors.

STROBE Statement
STROBE stands for an international, collaborative initiative of epidemiologists, methodologists, statisticians, researchers and journal editors involved in the conduct and dissemination of observational studies, with the common aim of STrengthening the Reporting of OBservational studies in Epidemiology. The STROBE Statement is being endorsed by a growing number of biomedical journals.