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SRH
2014-Jan-03, 09:43 PM
Could you please recommend any templates, guidelines, and advice for writing an article for a peer reviewed journal?

Thanks.

Ken G
2014-Jan-03, 09:44 PM
Check the journal website-- they should have templates for you to download. Not all journals use the same templates, so I wouldn't recommend getting it from anywhere else!

HenrikOlsen
2014-Jan-03, 09:46 PM
Ask the journal for their submissions guidelines.

Different journals will have different guidelines, asking them for theirs would be the obvious first step to getting the article accepted.

SRH
2014-Jan-03, 10:06 PM
Thanks!

This link is helpful for those interested...
http://www.nature.com/nature/authors/index.html

Swift
2014-Jan-03, 10:26 PM
I would also suggest reading several articles published in the target journal, particularly on subjects close to what you are writing about, to get a feel for the style of that journal.

Most professional societies will have information about how to write for journals. Here, for example, is an article from Chemical & Engineering News (http://cen.acs.org/articles/85/i33/Tips-Writing-Journal-Article.html), the main newsletter of the American Chemical Society.

One additional thing - I note you are writing for Nature. Nature is one of those journals that does "Letters" and full "Articles". I don't know which one of these you are planning to write, but the form and style of a Letter versus an Article are a little different.

Jens
2014-Jan-04, 08:21 AM
Thanks!

This link is helpful for those interested...
http://www.nature.com/nature/authors/index.html

I'm not sure if you intend to publish in Nature, but normally you would want your lab head to work on it with you, because it takes more than just understanding the guidelines. You also need to understand how to make an editor feel that the paper is appropriate for that journal.