November 2012 - Internet Resources Digest


Resources on Authorship Skills

AIHA Internet Resources Digest

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November 2012

Spotlight on: Resources on Authorship Skills

Spotlight on: Resources on Authorship Skills

There are many reasons why health professionals publish. These include personal satisfaction, peer recognition, career promotion. Different online tools and training resources can help both new and experienced authors to master their writing skills, understand the process of publishing, its ethical and legal issues, and to disseminate their research through a variety of media. There are also international initiatives that help authors whose first language is not English to publish their research.

Writing Skills

BioMed CentralBioMed Central Author Academy

The BioMed Central author academy is a free online learning resource for authors on writing and publishing in scientific journals. As well as advice on how to structure and write a good research article, the author academy includes help on choosing a target journal and publication ethics. The academy is aimed at authors who are less experienced in writing for English-language international journals.

EASE GuidelinesEASE Guidelines

Aiming to make international scientific communication more efficient and help to prevent scientific misconduct, the EASE Council decided to publish major editorial recommendations for authors and translators of scientific articles. If authors and translators follow these guidelines before submission, their manuscripts will be more likely to be accepted for publication. The 2012 edition is now available in 20 languages. It includes some new material, such as practical tips for junior researchers.

How to write a literature review

This handout explain what a Literature Review is and offers insights into the form and construction of a Literature Review in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences.

Writing narrative literature reviews for peer-reviewed journals: secrets of the trade

An overview of the use of three types of re-views of the literature is presented. Step by step instructions for how to conduct and write a narrative overview utilizing a ‘best-evidence synthesis’ approach are discussed, starting with appropriate preparatory work and ending with how to create proper illus-trations.

Several resources for creating reviews of the literature are presented and a narrative over-view critical appraisal worksheet is included. A bibliography of other useful reading is pre-sented in an appendix.

Writing for professional publication

A series of articles by J.Fowler:

Part 1: motivation.
Part 2: subject matter.
Part 3: following journal guidelines.
Part 4: supporting your statements.
Part 5: creating interest.
Part 6: writing the abstract
Part 7: structure and presentation.
Part 9: using client case studies.
Part 10: publishing a project report.
Part 11: writing conference.
Part 12: summary of the series.

Published in the British Journal of Nursing, Issues from 2010 Sep 9 to 2011 Apr 27.

Research Reporting Guidelines and InitiativesResearch Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives

This chart lists the major biomedical re-search reporting guidelines that provide ad-vice for reporting research methods and find-ings. They usually "specify a minimum set of items required for a clear and transparent account of what was done and what was found in a research study, reflecting, in par-ticular, issues that might introduce bias into the research".

How to Get PublishedHow to Get Published

The Elsevier "How to Get Published" web-cast series offers advice on preparing your manuscript, structuring your article and using proper manuscript language. Each webcast lasts up to 10 minutes:

  • How to Get Published #01 - Preparing your Manuscript
  • How to Get Published #02 - Using Proper Manuscript Language
  • How to Get Published #03 – Structuring an Article



AuthorAID is global online network that pro-vides support, mentoring, resources, and training for researchers in developing coun-tries. Key features and benefits of AuthorAID are:

  • a community space for discussion and questions where researchers can benefit from advice and insights from members across the globe
  • access to a range of documents and presentations on best practice in writing and publication
  • world-wide training workshops on scien-tific writing
  • network with other researchers
  • personal mentoring by highly published researchers and professional editors

Publishing Your Research 101Publishing Your Research 101

The American Chemical Society (ACS) has launched in 2011 Publishing Your Re-search 101, an educational video series that is relevant for all scientific authors. It is de-signed to support authors and reviewers with the process of writing, submitting, reviewing, and editing reports of original scientific re-

search intended for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The video series covers topics such as the essential elements of a scientific journal article, ethical guidelines for authors and reviewers, criteria to consider when selecting a suitable journal for submis-sion, writing a good cover letter, suggesting peer reviewers, responding to reviewer com-ments and editorial decisions, and guidance for authors who may need assistance with English language writing skills.

The Impact Factor and Other Bibliometric IndicatorsThe Impact Factor and Other Bibliometric Indicators

The Impact Factor & other Bibliometric Indicators" webcast from Elsevier will help you discover more about the range of indicators available and how they are used to gauge journal and article impact.

PLOS Global Participation Initiative

PLOS Global Participation InitiativePLOS Global Participation Initiative aims to encourage submissions from researchers around the world who may previously have been prevented or limited in their ability to publish in open-access journals.

Online Tools

Detecting online plagiarism

„Online plagiarism (or website plagiarism) is the copying of website or blog content and passing it off as original material on another website. Generally this also in-volves a breach of copyright. The problem for content owners is detecting online pla-giarism and stopping it“. Article by A.Weiss


ResearchRaven is designed to advance health research, program development and scholarship by enabling users to effi-ciently find current information about fund-ing opportunities, professional confer-ences, calls for papers and other research-related materials. The tools and resources featured on ResearchRaven are collected with an eye toward the information needs of those working across the spectrum of health, medicine and science – including quality improvement, clinical and behav-ioral research, basic science, and public and community health.


Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network that can help you organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover the latest re-search.

  • Automatically generate bibliographies
  • Collaborate easily with other researchers online
  • Easily import papers from other research software
  • Find relevant papers based on what you’re reading
  • Access your papers from anywhere online
  • Read papers on the go with iPhone app


A free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Zotero collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snap-shots of web pages, and really anything else. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find exactly what you're looking for with just a few keystrokes.

AIHA Internet Resources Digest Forthcoming Topics [Provisional]

  • Telemedicine
  • Open Access Initiatives
  • Resources on Pediatrics
  • Patient Information Services

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