A nice how-to series for writing scientific communications

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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.

  1. Do give a brief, largely non-technical summary of the method.
  2. Do put the work in context.
  3. Do suggest referees.
  4. Do tell us about any related work from your group under consideration or in press elsewhere.
  5. Do mention any unusual circumstances.
  6. 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.