The cover letter accompanying your journal subordination is your chance to lobby on behalf of your manuscript. The letter is far from just a formality and should be written with the same care as your manuscript’s text (if not more). Ultimately, your cover letter is designed to influence the decision of the editor to send your manuscript out for peer review. The letter will argue that your manuscript is a good fit for the journal you are submitting it to and highlight your most significant findings. This post contains some tips, which can also be found in our downloadable resources: You should also assure the editor that there are no conflicts of interest that would affect the decision to publish[…]

Stationery Speaks Louder Than Words By MONIQUE P. YAZIGI August 25, 1996 THIS is about Freddie the Frog, who is alive and well, and a dog that is dead, and engravers’ dies, which are somewhere in inbetween. We are talking stationery here. Very expensive stationery — engraved by palm, with tissue-paper-lined envelopes that keep prying eyes from reading the ideally formed prose inwards. Make that ”writing paper,” as Nancy Mitford’s 1956 book ”Noblesse Oblige” (which turned snobbery into a salon game) prescribed. The ins and outs of writing paper may sound like something that only a Miss Mitford or a Jane Austen could care about, but Jane Austen is loving a renaissance and so is stationery. A fresh generation of[…]

What is the OWL? The OWL is the Online Writing Lab, a service that permits UWF students to submit their papers online via eLearning and retrieve the feedback at a later time. An OWL staff member reads each electronic subjugation, makes comments and suggestions using Microsoft Word, and then uploads the feedback copy to the suitable eLearning dropbox. We help students locate errors in grammar, spelling, word usage, punctuation, capitalization, and sentence structure. Reminisce that the final product is still your responsibility—neither the paper reader nor the Writing Lab can be held responsible for the grade you receive. How do I sign up? To enroll in the OWL, do the following: Go to and log in. Once on your[…]

Kristen Overstreet is President of the International Society for Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE), and a Senior Playmate at Origin Editorial, LLC, an editorial consultation and peer-review management company. Ms. Overstreet began working in editorial offices in 1998 and presently manages nursing, medicine, and physics titles. She has been on the Board of Directors for the ISMTE since 2008 and served from the year 2008 till 2011 as the society’s editor of the newsletter, EON, for which she was the founding editor. Can you provide an overview of International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE) and your priorities as President? ISMTE’s mission is to connect people who manage peer review and editorial offices for academic and scholarly journals and[…]

The Reproducibility Project: Cancer Biology has made available the results of the very first five studies it attempted to replicate, and their report has taken the world of biology by storm. The findings published in eLife journal state that out of the five studies, only two were successfully repeated, while one failed replication and the remaining two concluded in “uninterpretable results.”   The Reproducibility Project is not the very first attempt to repeat published results. In 2012, a biotechnology rigid, Amgen, had published a report stating that the company’s researchers had failed to replicate 47 of 53 groundbreaking cancer studies. Inspired by this, the Reproducibility Project was launched as a collaborated effort by Science Exchange and the Center for Open Science to replicate[…]

When describing experiments involving people, researchers concentrate more on data than on individuals who are the source of those data. Science is primarily objective, not subjective—hence the infrequent use of the individual pronouns I and We, and a preference for the passive voice, in research papers. Perhaps it is this tendency to avoid referring to individuals and using such terms as cases, subjects, and even data points that led the AMA Manual of Style to include specific guidance on this topic as part of general guidance on correct and preferred usage of common words and phrases. The manual maintains [1] that the ‘use of case is dehumanizing when referring to a specific person.’ I find two trends to be relevant to this discussion. The very[…]