10 steps in writing and publishing research paper

  1. Collect data carefully and properly

    follow Data Management Plan

  2. Prepare figures -> write the draft of the manuscript

    ( this order often helps)

  3. Identify proper journals

    which ones do you read? What is the impact of your work?

  4. Write the final draft of your manuscript following the guidelines from the journal

  5. Send the manuscript for corrections to the co-Authors

    you may also ask them to write relevant parts

  6. Submit the final version

    (you or the corresponding author)

  7. Wait for the assignment of the Editor and Reviewers

    usually 2-3 external reviewers/other scientists from the field. You may exclude competitors

  8. Wait for the feedback

    Accepted without corrections (very rare)
    Accepted after minor revision (quick, few small adjustments)
    Accepted after a major revision (more work, but good chances for the acceptance)
    Rejected – why? Do you want to submit it to another journal or revise it first?

  9. Write an answer to the Reviewers

    Be polite, even if they didn’t read carefully in your opinion

  10. After acceptance – celebrate