Writing a scientific paper for publication

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Vanclay, JK 1993, 'Writing a scientific paper for publication', Annals of Forestry, vol. 1, no. 2, pp. 199-202.


Help your readers, referees, editor and yourself by careful attention to detail. The summary should be an informative precis of facts and conclusions, not merely a description of the paper. Make the paper easy to read, don't use jargon and have a colleague check it before you submit it to a journal. Use figures rather than tables, and keep the whole paper, including tables and figures, clear, simple and to the point. Consult the journal's 'Instructions to contributors' before submitting.