(Closed) Any Bees have experience with peer-review / publication?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I published one article on Parasitology Research last year. My research was on gene sequencing, characterization, cross-phylum locus comparison for an avian parasite. It was more on the molecular biology area but since the bacteria affected was a parasite, i was able to publish in parasitology research. My first 3 attempts to journal of molecular biology, and two other journal (i cannot remember) failed. Look into their comments, see why the reviewers think your article is not good enough. Mine was because lack of novelty, not enough work to justify, and lack of flow. After those rejections, my PI changed the direction of my project slightly, added in more bioinformatic research and reconstructed the way i presented my data. Don’t be afraid to send your articles to lesser-known journals (those with lower impact factor) and also to journals that are related to your field but not directly so. For eg, instead of cell, science, nature, try journal of molecular biology, bioinformatics, journal of parasitology, biology of the cell etc…

I wish you luck and patience. My paper took 1.5 years to refine and finally publish.

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

It would definitely help if you have your PI to submit the cover letter along with the manuscript. I mean, you would write the cover letter and the article, but he/she could be the one submitting it. That was the case for me. It would give the paper a little more credibility. Again, i do not know what your research was for and that you mentioned you did not have a PI.

Another way is to summarize your work. Make it less complicated and publish it as a short article instead of a full paper. Try again and again, modify the paper each time you send it to a journal to suit its requirement. At PhD level, publication is ever important. You would not have a team of people helping you to publish, they would likely give you advise and you would eventually have to do it on your own.

Publication is a headache. Keep the efforts going, don’t waste your research work.

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