How-to’s of writing scientific communications
Very brief post to remind me to go back and read these in more detail!
I’ve recently been asked to submit a couple of articles to Nature. One thing that seems to be an absolute must for even getting a look in to a journal such as this is a well written cover letter. Hence I went on the hunt for any tips/tricks/suggestions that were scattered around the internet. My search returned something really interesting in the way of a series of informative blog posts from the Nature website itself.
The first and most pertinent to me at this point in time being:
“How to write a cover letter” http://blogs.nature.com/methagora/2013/09/how-to-write-a-cover-letter.html
This was put together for Nature Methods, but I believe that the major take home points apply to any good covering letter. It is a well written short post worth the read, but I’ll summerise my take home points here.
- Do give a brief, largely non-technical summary of the method.
- Do put the work in context.
- Do suggest referees.
- Do tell us about any related work from your group under consideration or in press elsewhere.
- Do mention any unusual circumstances.
- Do mention if you have previously discussed the work with an editor.
There are three posts in this series, with the other two being:
“How to write a rebuttal letter” http://blogs.nature.com/methagora/2013/09/how-to-write-a-rebuttal-letter.html
“How to write an appeal letter” http://blogs.nature.com/methagora/2013/09/how-to-write-an-appeal-letter.html
I will hopefully get a chance to digest and comment on the the other two in the not too distant future.