Welcome to our new series on constructing a successful submission
Your Writing Toolbox
Welcome to the PLOS Writing Toolbox, your source for best practices and practical tips to build your scientific writing skillset. Delivered to your inbox every two weeks, each issue is a new addition to your personal store of writing and publishing know-how.
The Writing Series
In many fields, a statistical analysis forms the heart of both the methods and results sections of a manuscript. A well-planned, clearly described and faithfully executed statistical analysis can improve the chances of acceptance and ensure the long term reproducibility of your study.
Your Discussion Section (sometimes called the Conclusions or Results) describes the implications of your findings and widens the manuscript’s scope beyond the immediate results.
Though the caliber of your science is of primary importance, writing does matter. Clear and effective language makes it easier for editors and reviewers to understand and evaluate your work, minimizing delays in the publication of your research. Later, strong writing will increase the accessibility of your published article.
Copy editing matters, both during peer review and after publication. Typographical errors, grammar mistakes, and translation inconsistencies can make your manuscript difficult to understand and slow down peer review and publication. A clean and correct manuscript can do the opposite, minimizing delays throughout the process. But copy editing isn’t always easy.
The Publishing Series
Gaining insight into the conventional journal process can help ease anxieties about what is happening with your paper. Here, you’ll find details of how journals approach new submissions and bring them to the first decision.