Papers, journal articles, manuscripts… However they are referred to, these documents are the foundation of any scientific field. Career-wise, they are also a form of currency as they demonstrate one’s ability to turn ideas into tangible contributions to the current body of knowledge.

As for how to get published, the process begins by finding the right journal—which goes against the idea that you first write your paper and then find it a home.

How to get published: What distinguishes a good manuscript from a bad one? (

Publishers have a vast library of resources for authors such as the step-by-step guide shown above or the one-page summary on the right. You will increase your chances of success if you take the time to understand the publishing process itself and what specific journal editors are looking for.

We’ve also put together several articles to help you with individual sections in a typical journal article:


To get started or receive feedback on your draft, make an appointment with us. We’d love to help!