Apr 10, 2011

How to write a Scientific Research Paper

Our team have found these interesting video-tutorials about how to write research articles.
It is worth to point out what the author considers "Unwritten Rule No.1": 

If you don't publish it, you haven't done it. 

That is happening mostly with negative results. Everybody has them but nobody is publishing. Fortunately for Science, The All Results Journals teams are working hard for rescue these important negative results.

Enjoy these 3-part video-tutorial about How to write a good Scientific Research Paper:




  1. Good and informative

  2. Thank you! I hope this will help people

  3. thanks,
    It is very informative talk. I will use these advises.

  4. Very informative talk.

  5. What a naive statement.
    I have 6 papers sitting on my desk at home because my position as principal investigator was terminated and I can not afford to pay for the publication fees, which average around $3000/paper!

  6. There are many online journals that take no publication fees.

  7. It is true that if you don't publish it you will not get credit for the finding and even further if you are not the first to publish you get lost in the crowd. As for journals that take no publication fees, almost all have relatively low impact values. It is not naive to think that you have to publish to be acknowledged as a contributor to the field and to get funding to maintain your status in any field.

  8. Bull feathers !!!!

    Some of he worlds greatest research is being done in the "classified" world and never gets publically published.

    For example: The SR-71 was retired after decades of operation before its' existance was ever published. The details of its' science and operations are still not published. But; it was certainly "done".

    I suspect there is a lot more that we do not know about (yet).

  9. I agree with Shyam, there are high impact journals that do not take publication fees. If you do not work in a central country, every cent counts. This does not mean, however, that you can only publish in second rank journals.

  10. Wow thank you to David for this hot topic. One of my favorite scientist stories is on Darwin's Origin of the Species which he waited twenty years to publish.

    While the scientific community, and this one, appreciates your contributions, if work is significant it will be recognized...eventually. :)


    P.S. to Maryse or any other scientists using LinkedIn for networking, I know we have several recruiters in our group, so I would suggest doing a search in the members. You can introduce yourself to them directly as a Group member. You can also find many on Twitter. I know VWR is following us on Twitter. Good luck!

  11. David that is true but there are several factors sometimes prevent a paper (even if it is of nature or science standard). My 2 papers are sitting with my boss for the past two years, I have another 2 on my desktop. Sometimes you are helpless.

  12. One way to approach this problem is to submit your paper as an abstract to a meeting that will be publish their abstracts as a publication. I am sure your mentor will be happy to do that. Next is find another mentor who is considerate and has funds to do research.

  13. Anyone knows a search engines to select journals that would publish medical research papers for free?

  14. One of several places to browse for journals free of publication fees is the Directory of Open Access Journals at http://www.doaj.org .

    Lots of journals are listed, many of them international. As you'll see, not all the journals are fee-free to authors, but many are. Also, check link for any journal of interest to see estimated time from submission to publication (if accepted).

  15. Normally Open Access publishers charge you a fee for publishing the articles. The ones that do not charge to authors, charge to readers in form of subscriptions.... The All Results Journals (http://arjournals.com/ojs/index.php?journal=Biol&page=index) are the first example of Total Open Access journals (free to publish and free to access) publishing negative results. We're proud of it and I hope one day all publishers follow our philosophy...

  16. My experience is in publishing papers in no fee journals with good impact factors. I have always wondered why those high fee requirements from some journals. Don't they look how they harm science advancement and freedom of publication? The main goal of science is discovering the universe and spread that new knowledge to the most people you can. How can it be done if researchers, who don't use to be the most wealthy people, can't afford high publishing fees? It's absurd. On the other hand, it's supposed that writers are paid to publish (novels, tales, biographies, news, scripts, etc). Unless you are a scientist? I don't understand!

  17. Keith,
    Thank you for the Directory of Open Access Journals at http://www.doaj.org .

    I agree that negative data are very important so we stop repeating the same mistakes! This is part of the learning process and should be accessible to everyone.
    Good job!

    You are absolutely right!
    Many of my friends can not afford to publish their work anymore because this is not covered by NIH funding.

  18. Fortunately, Physicists don't have the publication-costs-to-researcher problem mentioned above. The have ArXiv.

    I've always felt that there should be an ArXiv for all the sciences.

  19. Yes a lot of industrial work never gets published. In my 9 years at Abbott Labs I was never allowed to publish any experimental data. Turned out that researchers at two other corporations subsequently "reinvented the wheel" (which ironically was "square" and did not commercially successful). I see this all the time with my ag industry colleagues.

    In my field (applied entomology with focus on biocontrol of crop pests) very little research is of the interest level to journals like Science or Nature (only sexy, transgenic mosquitoes or transformed pathogens have a chance); similar situation with PLoS. Most research is "mundane," yet critical for agriculture. Our journals are generally impact <2.0 (and very few have any page charges) but we all get along, and succeed in our careers, including funding.

  20. At times great observations are not sufficient to get published as a research paper. We have to perhaps give equal importance for "unpublished observations" when referred in a research paper or thesis or an abstract.

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