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Revista médica de Chile

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REYES B., Humberto. How can you succeed in having your manuscript published in a medical journal. Advices to inexpert authors that can also be useful to senior authors. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2019, vol.147, n.2, pp.238-242. ISSN 0034-9887.

Young authors may benefit by some advices on how to proceed when they decide to write a manuscript and submit it to a medical journal. They should start by selecting the journal considering the topic and nature of their study, how relevant the results seem and the interest it may have in editors and readers. A reasonable choice should consider new journals that publish good papers selected after external peer review. Then they should study and follow the Instructions to Authors of the chosen journal. A strong call is given to recognize and avoid “predatory journals”. Specific statements refer to Instructions to Authors and language requirements by the journal, the need to follow “ICMJE Recommendations”, the correct assignment of authorship, and a strict observance of ethical regulations in biomedical and clinical research. Special mention is given to provide a good abstract, in English, either descriptive or structured depending on the nature of their study. These advices may be useful as well as a reminder to older authors on how to improve their manuscripts before submitting them to a mainstream medical journal.

Palabras clave : Bioethics; Editorial policies; Open Access Publishing; Periodicals as Topics; Publishing; Scientific Misconduct.

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