For Research Scholars doing PhD, applying for further studies or job it is mandatory to publish their research papers in reputed journals.
The first step for publishing a research paper is to figure out your area of interest and update yourself by reading papers and attending conferences, but be selective too, and don’t get deviated from you specified field.
Write down speculations, problems, possible solutions, random ideas, references to look up, notes on papers you’ve read & outlines of papers to write. Identify important open problems in your research field and what you have to do.
Soul of your work:
Significance: Why was this work done? Did you solve an important problem of current interest?
Originality/Novelty: Is your approach novel or is it tried-and-true? Did you need to develop new tools, either analytical or physical?
Correct: Is your solution scientifically sound?
Generally a paper has seven sections:-
- Materials & Method
- Discussion & Conclusion
One step at a time
-Instead of writing an entire paper at one stretch, focus on writing section by section. Remember, every task you complete gets you closer to finishing your paper. You can ask your peers or colleagues to review your paper for an initial proof reading and technical faults.
Read the reviews carefully
-Only a small proportion of articles are accepted the first time they are submitted, and usually they are only accepted subject to revision. In fact, anything aside from simply “reject,” is a positive review. Take all the criticism as a positive suggestion for something you could explain more clearly.
Read the comments on your paper closely to decide whether the criticisms were valid and how you can address them, just rewrite that part of your paper more clearly so that the same misunderstanding won’t get repeated.
Rejected? Be Positive
If your paper is rejected, keep trying! Take the reviews to heart and try to rewrite the paper, addressing the reviewer’s comments.