AUTHOR’S QUALITIES ESSENTIAL FOR A GOOD SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATION

Thorakkal Shamim

Abstract


Medical publications are an important means to gain
recognition as experts in a particular field at national and
international levels. Publications will leads to benefits
such as invitations to lecture at scientific meetings and
refresher courses, appointments as consultants to
external agencies, expert panels and advisory boards,
and to reviewer and editorial boards of journals.1 I
would like to mention the qualities of a good author for
an article to get published in an indexed medical journal
(Table-1).
Table-1: Author’s qualities essential for a good
scientific publication
Genuine interest to publish an article
Positive attitude
Sufficient time management
Accept criticisms from the reviewers
Good and peaceful mind set
Stress less working place
Patience
Confidence
Authors should have genuine interest to
publish an article. If he is not interested and compelled
by higher authorities (Head of the Department) to
publish an article, he will come up with article with
plagiarism. He should take positive attitude so that his
article will get published. He should have sufficient time
to write the article, critically evaluating the content,
revising the article and proof reading the article. He
should accept criticisms from the reviewers. He should
have good and peaceful mind set and stress less working
place is an essential requisite for a good author. He
should have good patience to write the article, critically
evaluating the content, waiting for the review period,
revising the article and proof reading the article. He
should have self confidence that his article will get
published. It is important for authors to be aware of
these qualities before submitting an article.

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References


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