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[This post is by graduate student Alejandra (Alex) Arreola-Triana, who translates the AuthorAID blog posts into Spanish. Thanks, Alex! —Barbara]
A journal's instructions for authors can be an editor's or author’s best friend.
These instructions not only provide information on the journal's house style—for example, how to format the references. They also can provide guidance that is useful regardless of journal or topic. But sometimes, this treasure trove of information requires some “digging”.
For example, this summer I edited a paper being submitted to a journal from the Nature Publishing Group. The journal's website contained relatively little information about the journal's style. However, it provided a link to a web page called “Writing for a Nature Journal”.
This web page had some tips that can help anyone writing—or editing—a journal article. Among those tips are
This article also led me to other useful web pages:
A final note on conciseness, from the editorial “Elements of Style”:
Good writing not only serves your audience but improves the chances of the research being noticed and read, and of it stimulating further progress. And neither will it hurt your citations.
So, happy writing, and happy exploring!