Today, several clinical reporting standard guidelines have been created by researchers to enhance the ability of readers to evaluate the quality and value of studies. Journal Article Writing and Publication is the first text to compile those clinical research reporting standards in one source and helps educators and novice researchers to better understand the skills needed for journal publication. Health care researchers must begin using these reporting standards in order to write manuscripts that are both correctly formatted and transparently convey all critical study strengths and limitations. Educators must teach these reporting standards to students who must evaluate research reports as consumers and possible future contributors to the literature through their own writing.
Journal Article Writing and Publication by Dr. Sharon A. Gutman (a former editor of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy) provides specific guidelines, based on the most commonly accepted reporting standards, for the preparation and writing of general research studies, intervention effectiveness studies, instrument development and testing studies, and case reports. A section is devoted to helping authors understand the rules governing the reporting of statistical data in text and tables. Separate sections help authors understand the manuscript preparation and submission process, the revision process, and the etiquette guiding communication with editors and reviewers. Guidelines for the preparation of scholarly discussion papers and editorials are also provided.
Journal Article Writing and Publication also features a section that aims to help doctoral students and newly minted faculty turn academic work and dissertations into publishable journal articles. Suggestions are provided to help clinicians turn clinical data into research databases that could serve as the foundation for pilot studies. Finally, information is provided to help authors better understand the ethical considerations of publication including plagiarism, dual submissions, inappropriate authorship, copyright, and conflict of interest.
About the Author
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Importance of Writing to Advance Your Career
Chapter 2 Writing Resources—Mentors, Writing Partners, and Self-Discipline
Chapter 3 Manuscript Structure and Content for General Research Studies
Chapter 4 Manuscript Structure and Content for Intervention Effectiveness Studies
Chapter 5 Manuscript Structure and Content for Instrument Development
and Testing Studies
Chapter 6 Manuscript Structure and Content for Case Reports
Chapter 7 Reporting Statistical Data in Text and Tables
Chapter 8 Preparing and Submitting Manuscripts for Publication
Chapter 9 The Revision Process
Chapter 10 Writing a Scholarly Discussion Paper
Chapter 11 Turning Academic and Clinical Work Into Publishable Journal Articles
Chapter 12 Ethical Considerations in Publication