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Author Tips for HKUST Scholars: Getting Published

Thinking of publishing? Need some helpful tips? See this guide for some answers!

Getting Published

Academic writing and publishing involve many skills and processes. The web resources, videos, and handbooks below offer tips for prospective authors.

Avoiding Predatory Publishers

However, authors should also beware of “Predatory Publishers” or disreputable publishers that often send unsolicited invitations to researchers offering to publish their work. In the US, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) had taken actions to deal with the bad impact by predatory publishing. The guides in the bullet list will help you decide whether a publisher is “predatory”.

Web Resources – from Reputable Scholarly Publishers

  • Elsevier’s Publishing Campus
    Developed with early career researchers in mind, this website provides an extensive collection of information, videos, guides, recommended reading and more. Major topics include career and funding, ethics in research and publishing, writing and publishing resources, networking, webcasts of training workshops and lots more.
  • IOP An Introductory Guide for Authors
    This guide is for early-career researchers who are beginning to write papers for publication. It provides an overview of academic publishing and advice on how to make the most of the process. It covers these different aspects: choosing where to submit your paper, writing and formatting, the peer review process, revising and responding to referee reports, acceptance, and publication, promoting your published work and copyright and ethical integrity.
  • SpringerNature's Early Career Researchers
    Resources to guide you through every stage of the publishing process. Quiz and tutorials to lead you and get your attention to publishing, and offer tools and platforms to help you advance the discovery of your research and attract funders and career opportunities.
  • Tips for Writing Better Science Papers
    Richard Threlfall, Managing Editor of Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry, gives insider tips on how to improve each section of your article and increase your chances of getting published. These 14-Tips series include different stages of getting published: cover letter, title, abstract, graphics, experimental, language usage, peer review, cover art, and many others.


How to write a great research paper / Simon Peyton Jones

Professor Simon Peyton Jones, Microsoft Research, gives a guest lecture on writing. Look out for his seven simple suggestions.

How to get published / Taylor and Francis

This video gives a short introduction to the complete publication process and Top Publishing Tips.


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