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Top 10 Tips to Publish Your Research Work in English Language Journals

Dr. William B. Tolman Editor-in-Chief, Inorganic Chemistry, ACS

Esther Ober Journals Editing Manager, ACS Dr. David Martinsen Publications Division, ACS

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TOP 10 TIPS TO PUBLISH YOUR RESEARCH WORK IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE JOURNALS January 23, 2014

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Dr. William B. Tolman

Bill Tolman is a Distinguished McKnight University Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemistry at the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities. He was Associate Editor (2007-2012) and is now (2013present) Editor-in-Chief of the ACS journal Inorganic Chemistry. Current research in his group encompasses synthetic bioinorganic and organometallic/polymer chemistry. Copyright (c) 2014 American Chemical Society

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Esther Ober

Esther Ober is the Journals Editing Manager at the American Chemical Society. She is responsible for the technical editing and publication for 13 of the 40+ ACS journals and the production and publication for the ACS Books Symposium Series. She has worked in the Journal Publishing Group of the ACS for 31 years, first as a technical editor and now in her current role. Copyright (c) 2014 American Chemical Society

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Audience Question Have you submitted a manuscript to a scientific journal? • Yes, and it was accepted. • Yes, but it was rejected. • Yes, I have been both accepted/rejected in the past. • No, I have never submitted. Copyright (c) 2014 American Chemical Society

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The Review Process

1. Author submits via ParagonPlus.

2. Manuscript checked by staff (author emails, appropriate files included, etc.). 3. Editor-in-Chief assigns handling editor or rejects with editorial review (without external reviews). 4. Handling editor chooses reviewers and asks for reviews. 5. Reviews in hand, handling editor makes decision, and informs corresponding author. Copyright (c) 2014 American Chemical Society

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Tip #1: DO GOOD SCIENCE

 Do work of highest technical quality  Address significant problem(s)  Do work that is truly novel  Adhere to highest ethical standards in performing and reporting the research

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Tip #2: CHOOSE A JOURNAL CAREFULLY

 Top criteria: suitable audience for work  Proper scope  Journal excellence (manuscript handling, publication quality, reviewer process, reputation in field, etc.)  Bottom criteria (last!): impact factor

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Tip #3: READ AND FOLLOW AUTHOR GUIDELINES

 Every ACS journal has author guidelines that are specific to that journal (and they often differ!)  For best results: follow the guidelines EXACTLY

 Author information and guidelines available on the web. . . .

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http://pubs.acs.org/pa ge/inocaj/submission/i ndex.html

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http://pubs.acs.org/page/inocaj/submission/authors.html

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Tip #4: TELL A STORY

 Important to have a main theme and a punchline  Avoid “data dumping”  Introduction should address: What’s the problem/question? Why is it important? How have others addressed it? What is your approach to addressing it? What is significant/novel about what you have done?  Conclusion: concise statement summarizing key findings/results and their significance. Copyright (c) 2014 American Chemical Society

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Tip #5: WRITE IT WELL

English language assistance:  Practice! Speak with native english speakers. Read english language publications for style as well as content. Listen to recordings of scientific talks.  Send draft to native english speaker/writer colleague  Use Language Editing Service http://pubs.acs.org/page/4authors/tools/language_editi ng.html Copyright (c) 2014 American Chemical Society

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Audience Question If someone helped to translate your article to English, should you list him or her as an author? • Yes • No

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Tip #6: DRAW FIGURES WITH CARE

 Schemes and Figures matter (A LOT)  Ensure consistent style, proper line widths & fonts (arial family best), axis labels, appropriate size. Modify software default settings! Bad:

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Good:

www.mrl.ucsb.edu/~seshadri/PreparingFigures.pdf

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Tip #7: FOLLOW ETHICS GUIDELINES

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Tip #7: FOLLOW ETHICS GUIDELINES Plagiarism is not acceptable in ACS journals. ACS journals adhere to the U.S. National Science Foundation definition of plagiarism as “the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit” (45 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 689.1). Authors should not engage in plagiarism - verbatim or nearverbatim copying, or very close paraphrasing, of text or results from another’s work. Authors should not engage in self-plagiarism (also known as duplicate publication) - unacceptably close replication of the author’s own previously published text or results without acknowledgement of the source. ACS applies a “reasonable person” standard when deciding whether a submission constitutes self-plagiarism/duplicate publication. If one or two identical sentences previously published by an author appear in a subsequent work by the same author, this is unlikely to be regarded as duplicate publication. Material quoted verbatim from the author’s previously published work must be placed in quotation marks. In contrast, it is unacceptable for an author to include significant verbatim or near-verbatim portions of his/her own work, or to depict his/her previously published results or methodology as new, without acknowledging the source. Copyright (c) 2014 American Chemical Society

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Tip #7: FOLLOW ETHICS GUIDELINES Plagiarism is not acceptable in ACS journals. ACS journals adhere to the U.S. National Science Foundation definition of plagiarism as “the appropriation of another person’s ideas, processes, results, or words without giving appropriate credit” (45 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 689.1). Authors should not engage in plagiarism - verbatim or nearverbatim copying, or very close paraphrasing, of text or results from another’s work. Authors should not engage in self-plagiarism (also known as duplicate publication) - unacceptably close replication of the author’s own previously published text or results without acknowledgement of the source. ACS applies a “reasonable person” standard when deciding whether a submission constitutes self-plagiarism/duplicate publication. If one or two identical sentences previously published by an author appear in a subsequent work by the same author, this is unlikely to be regarded as duplicate publication. Material quoted verbatim from the author’s previously published work must be placed in quotation marks. In contrast, it is unacceptable for an author to include significant verbatim or near-verbatim portions of his/her own work, or to depict his/her previously published results or methodology as new, without acknowledging the source. Copyright (c) 2014 American Chemical Society

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Audience Question

Is it plagiarism if you use the same experimental method as one of your previously published papers, and just copy the methods section? • Yes • No

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Tip #8: SUBMIT CAREFULLY

 Make sure correct files are uploaded  Carefully input all author email addresses and contact information  Check to make sure edits/comments do not appear  Write cover letter carefully; provide brief reason why work is novel/significant and will appeal to journal readership  Recommend reviewers carefully; provide reason(s) if asking for certain people to not be chosen as reviewers Copyright (c) 2014 American Chemical Society

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Tip #9: RESPOND TO DECISION APPROPRIATELY

 Hesitate before hitting “send” on an email  Write carefully; provide detailed point-by-point responses to all reviewer comments  Editors decisions may be appealed; carefully reasoned argument necessary!

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Tip #10: CORRECT GALLEYS CAREFULLY AND QUICKLY

Gather input from ALL authors before responding with corrections. Address all author queries included with the galley. Avoid rewriting/rephrasing: alterations should be restricted to serious changes in interpretation or corrections of data. Extensive/important changes are subject to Editorial review. Copyright (c) 2014 American Chemical Society

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The Technical Editing Process

1. Accepted paper is forwarded to Production office. 2. File and graphics are prepared for the editing process. 3. File is edited for grammar, punctuation, spelling, and overall consistency and readability. 4. All technical editors have a chemistry degree or a degree in a related field. 5. Author queries are added during the editing process as needed. Copyright (c) 2014 American Chemical Society

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Additional Resources

Author and Reviewer Resource Center http://pubs.acs.org/page/4authors/index.html

ACS Video Series http://pubs.acs.org/page/publish-research/index.html

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Top 10 Tips to Publish Your Research Work in English Language Journals

Dr. William B. Tolman Editor-in-Chief, Inorganic Chemistry, ACS

Esther Ober Journals Editing Manager, ACS Dr. David Martinsen Publications Division, ACS

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