Publish or perish: The art of scientific writing

Sabyasachi Sengupta, Dhananjay Shukla, Pradeep Ramulu, Sundaram Natarajan, Jyotirmay Biswas

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Abstract

Publishing manuscripts is the only way by which scientists communicate with each other. In recent times, there is an increasing desire to publish manuscripts from the developing world for a variety of reasons. Though, performing a research study is challenging in itself, writing it for publication is the final frontier that can be daunting, especially for the novice. Work that remains unpublished in one form or the other is essentially incomplete or undone. Hence, it is critically important for one to publish one's findings in a reputed journal. The purpose of this paper is to alleviate the mystique involved in manuscript writing and provide a blueprint where the subheadings given under each of the sections of introduction, methods, results and discussion can be expanded as per the particular study and the manuscript can be constructed in a stepwise manner. We hope that by following this approach, potential researchers and practicing ophthalmologists will develop the skill and aptitude for medical writing, and that the developing world shall do justice to its tremendous intellectual capital by making meaningful contributions to global scientific literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1089-1093
Number of pages5
JournalIndian Journal of Ophthalmology
Volume62
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2014

Keywords

  • Manuscript preparation
  • publication
  • scientific writing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology

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