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How to publish an academic paper

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Written by Dr Ana Cristina Diniz Silva, Tutor on the Postgraduate Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine and the Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology

As a healthcare professional research is an integral part of our work and publishing papers is acknowledgement of our endeavours, but also another way we can help other HCPs to help their patients.

Studying with Diploma MSc can provide the perfect platform to publish an academic paper. Here are tips on how to get a paper published:

1. First, remind yourself why writing an original article is important. Publishing an academic paper may be necessary to graduate or advance a career, but mainly to make others learn about your work, aiding in science development.

2. Identify a ‘hot topic’ for research. You’d rather put your mind to controversial subjects, instead of well established consensual topics.

3. Perform a systematic review of the literature, establishing objective criteria for the inclusion or exclusion of studies. Writing a good article is not about citing studies and describing their results, but critically appraising their strengths and limitations.

4. Choose a suitable journal and an article type. Detailed instructions for authors and a full description of the types of articles can be easily accessed on journals’ web pages.

5. Having chosen an attractive subjective and a suitable journal, follow the guidelines with regard to language, content, reference style, artwork and submission procedures. Lack of context is a common reason for having an article rejected. The abstract should not be repeated in the cover letter. Both must show clarity about the aims of the article and the relevance of your research to the scientific community worldwide.

Diploma MSc courses are an ideal way to start the process of publishing a paper.