How to Publish in a Scientific Journal

Instructor: Eric Campos

Eric has tutored in English, writing, history, and other subjects.

Publishing your writing in a scientific journal is an excellent way for your research to be recognized and appreciated by the scientific community. In addition to educating readers, publishing your work could help advance your academic career. Read on for some publishing tips.

Content Is Key

Whether you're a journalist or a scholarly writer, content is what will determine if your work gets published. You must make sure your writing flows and presents the material in a unique and coherent way. Your writing is an expression of yourself as a scholar so make sure you present your research in a way that makes it stand out. Whether you're presenting results from experimentation or the latest research on a specific topic, your writing must clearly outline the details. Remember, the purpose of scientific writing is to educate and inform. Your writing style and diction should reflect that you're knowledgeable of your field, but should also be easy to understand. Have people read over your writing to give you feedback on your article's clarity. Check out Essay Writing Tips for ways to strengthen your writing skills.


It's important that you incorporate your research into the article. This gives you credibility as a scientist and researcher. Editors will look at how you present data and used research to come up with your conclusion. This makes the way you present this information a critical factor for whether or not a journal will publish your piece. It's essential that you take care in explaining how your results were discovered and what questions you asked yourself to gain answers. Citing your research will increase your credibility as well; this will also give readers the chance to further research your topic. Look into Journal Article Citations for some initial tips on how to go about citing sources in your work. Just keep in mind that certain journals may have different citation standards.

You may want to illuminate your results or research statistics with graphs or other visual representations. This could help the reader follow along with the writing and make the article more visually appealing. Photos and other images could also add new depth to your piece as well.

Edit Thoroughly

Once you've completed your article, it's time for editing and revision. Check for errors in your writing and make sure everything reads properly. Again, you should have your peers, colleagues, and mentors who are experienced in writing scientific articles look over and critique your article. You'll want to submit the best work possible! To help you get through the editing process, check out Self-Editing: Definition & Concept for some useful tips and steps to take.

Choose The Right Journal

Science is a very broad subject, so there are a lot of journals that focus on specific topics. When you're looking for a journal to publish in, try to match the content of your article to the kind of work that a specific journal covers. If your article focuses on a biology topic, look for journals that publish works about biology before you try more general publications. Be sure to compile a list of potential journals and begin a schedule of submitting to them. Bear in mind that each journal is unique, so be sure to research each publication's submission guidelines. Following these guidelines properly will ensure that your work is looked at and has a better chance of being published!

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