Writing high-quality papers suitable for publication within international scientific journals is now an essential skill for all early-career researchers; their career progression and the reputation of the department in which they work depends upon it. However, many manuscripts are rejected or sent back for major re-working not because the science they contain is in any way 'bad', but because the same problems keep occurring in the way that the material is presented. It is one thing to write a good scientific paper, however it is quite another thing to get it published. This requires some additional nous. In writing this book Don Harris draws upon nearly a quarter of a century of experience as an author and reviewer of research papers, and ultimately as a journal editor. By his own admission, it contains all the things he wished that his mentors had told him 25 years ago, but didn't. The material in the book is drawn from many years of finding all these things out for himself, usually by trial and error (but mostly error!). The text adopts a much lighter touch than is normally found in books of this type - after all, who really wants to read a book about writing research papers? The author describes his own unique approach to writing journal papers (which, in his own words, has proved to be extremely successful). All major points are illustrated with examples from his own, published works. The book is written in the form of a manual for constructing a journal manuscript: read a chapter, write a section. However, the material it contains goes beyond just this and also describes how to select a target journal, the manuscript submission process, what referees are looking for in a good journal paper, and how to deal with the referees' comments. Each chapter concludes with a checklist to ensure all the key elements have been addressed.
Table of Contents
Contents: Preface; Before you start (writing...); Interlude I: a few short observations on structure and style; Writing the results section; Writing the method section; Interlude II: a very short observation on authorship; Writing the introduction (part 1); Writing the discussion section; Writing the introduction (part 2); Writing the title, abstract and keywords; Interlude III: some different types of paper; Formatting and submitting your manuscript; Interlude IV: top 10 mistakes; The manuscript review process; Responding to referees' comments; Interlude V: a well kept secret - you may be eligible for some money!; A few final thoughts; References; Preface to appendices; Appendices; Index.
'The most difficult challenge facing early career researchers is making the transition from researcher to published researcher. In what I can honestly say is one of the most useful books I have ever read, Don Harris provides detailed step-by-step guidance for researchers wishing to publish their work in peer-reviewed academic journals. Just about everything budding authors need to know is covered, ranging from impact factors and citation rates to specific guidance on structure, writing style, and responding to reviewers comments. With the threat to "publish or perish" looming as large as ever, this book makes a timely and essential addition to the Human Factors catalogue. Written in Don's own unique style, it is a joy to read, and is a must have for students, early career researchers, and even experienced academics wishing to enhance academic outputs. Buy it now and become prolific...you will thank Don later.' Paul Salmon, Monash University, Australia 'As a reviewer of countless scientific manuscripts over the years, I have to tell you that this book is sorely needed! If you only knew how many solid studies never see the light of day because the authors were unable to tell their story you would be shocked. This is a must-have, "how-to" book on writing up your research, kind of "journal-paper writing for dummies" - perhaps that's why I liked it so much. In writing this soon to be best-selling book, Don has struck an enviable compromise between breadth and depth, and I especially like the conversational tone throughout. In short, this book is intended to be used, not just a bookcase ornament; I can envision many pages with yellow sticky notes and rabbit-eared corners.' Scott A. Shappell, Clemson University, USA 'A comprehensive and easily accessible guide, nicely written by somebody who has been at the receiving end of much scientific human factors research. Don Harris's Writing Human Factors Research Papers is full of tips and examples of what to do, and what not t