Why publish?

Trapp, Jamie (2011) Why publish? Australasian Physical and Engineering Sciences in Medicine, 34, pp. 429-430.

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Anybody who has attempted to publish some aspect of their work in an academic journal will know that it isn’t as easy as it may seem. The amount of preparation required of a manuscript can be quite daunting. Besides actually writing the manuscript, the authors are faced with a number of technical requirements. Each journal has their own formatting requirements, relating not only to section headings and text layout, but also to very small details such as placement of commas in reference lists. Then, if presenting data in the form of figures, this must be formatted so that it can be understood by the readership, and most journals still require that the data be in a format which can be read when printed in black-and-white. Most daunting (and important) of all, for the article to be scientifically valid it must be absolutely true in the representation of the work reported (i.e. all data must be shown unless a strong justification exists for removing data points), and this might cause angst in the mind of the authors when the results aren’t clear or possibly contradict the expected or desired result.

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ID Code: 47761
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: publish, publishing, academic, scientific, research, science, researcher
DOI: 10.1007/s13246-011-0115-z
ISSN: 0158-9938
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PHYSICAL SCIENCES (020000) > OTHER PHYSICAL SCIENCES (029900) > Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified (029999)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Schools > Physics
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine
Copyright Statement: The original publication is available at SpringerLink
Deposited On: 15 Dec 2011 22:52
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2011 11:00

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