The purposes of this article are to detail the structure of a scientific manuscript, to highlight specific writing strategies, and to provide writing tips that may help or hinder publication.
Our ultimate goal is to advance the field of pediatric hospital medicine and its growing membership by promoting the dissemination of high-quality research.
Understanding the purpose of scientific writing and developing a structured approach to the writing process is essential.
Doing so will improve the clarity of your work and likely the ease at which your research is published and disseminated throughout the scientific community.
Drawing on our own collective experiences, as well as that of others, our goal is to review the scientific writing process and discuss best practices and common pitfalls.
Writing Medical Papers A Practical Guide
We structured these points in sections that correspond to a typical scientific manuscript (eg, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion).
It insists about the care given to the Instructions for authors as “the first step to the success”.
The fourth section describes the review process and corrections, and emphasizes the importance of the point by point reply to the reviewers’ suggestions.
Yet few in our field have received formal training in scientific writing.
In light of this, our commentary is uniquely focused on the needs of those new to scientific writing, with particular relevance to researchers in PHM.