At Peerwith we are extremely grateful for not only the tremendous amount of (scientific) knowledge the Experts bring to our Platform, we are also very grateful for the cooperation, dedication and willingness to share this valuable knowledge with researchers and (other) academics. The Experts share their knowledge primarily through the services they offer on Peerwith, yet we also regularly receive very valuable information and insights via Guest Blog contributions.
Over the past 6 months, we have received and shared 8 Guest Blogs – we’ve lined them up for you once more in chronological order:
Guestblog by Dr. E. Erraqi: HIRE your Mechanic to get your paper published in a prestigious journal.
On Peerwith we see an increase in requests in Manuscript review. Peer review at academic journals can take several months. And then, sometimes, your paper can be rejected for easily-avoidable reasons. At Peerwith, you can find an expert who can check your paper before submission, improving the paper and increasing the chance of a speedy acceptance. One such expert is Ebtissam Erraqi, expert on Peerwith. Ebtissam is a very experienced peer reviewer.
You have checked the journal guidelines, written your outline, and meticulously drafted each section of your paper. You have read and revised and re-read and re-revised. Now what? This blog post addresses some of the issues I commonly see in academic papers.
Performing an extensive literature search is a crucial aspect of scientific research, as well as in other areas such as engineering, medicine and technology. If you lack the time or access to the right database, use literature search services to find a peer who has access to the right databases and can carry out the search and analysis for you.
It is widely known that a scholar cannot edit his or her own work. Nor, often can close colleagues or others working on similar problems within the field. The human brain has a bias toward seeing regularity, order, and what it has seen before. Errors, of number, of structure, of language, are easily overlooked and their correct counterparts are substituted, without the conscious mind even being aware of what is going on underneath its perception. A careful look by someone who will not see what is not there, because of the lack of preconceptions that comes with being from outside a field or group, could save an author embarrassment and even make the difference between acceptance and rejection at a journal.
As a former academic now turned full time academic editor, reviewer, and occasionally researcher, it still amazes me that one of the first things I need to point out to almost everyone, from graduate students to seasoned researchers, is the lacking structure of the papers they are trying to get published. As such, let us start with a reminder of what goes where in a paper.
Many researchers find the writing process daunting and procrastinate, hiding in the lab, so as to put off the moment of actually sitting down and writing up the research. The process does not need to be painful though, and it helps if you approach it in stages.
We asked Tony Ferrar, Expert in Manuscript Writing Support ánd proud representative of a solid 5 out of 5 star rating, what his Three Top Tips are when you are embarking on writing a Scientific Manuscript.
Experts will mentor you through the writing process, helping you present your research in the best possible light. They can improve the quality of your writing by being involved all the way through the writing process, starting when you begin writing up your research and only ending when you are ready to submit to a publication.