Monthly Archives: November 2014

Academic publishing tips from Elsevier

Academic publisher Elsevier has released their latest Authors’ Update enewsletter. One of the articles, How to overcome obstacles to publishing in English, has great tips for publishing in the English language.

Elsevier takes a closer look at the challenges researchers from developing and/or non-English speaking countries face when trying to get their work published in journals and determines what they can do to overcome them.

There are seven recommendations for researchers to increase their chances of publication success including linguistic editing. Most tips are relevant to researchers in both English-speaking and non-English speaking countries.

Read this article and more at

My tip for successful journal publishing is to meet the journal’s requirements in both content and formatting style. If the journal has a specific word limit for articles, make sure you meet it. Don’t make it easy for a journal to reject your article simply because it doesn’t meet the word limit and style guidelines.

Write for your reader and audience

It’s easy when writing a document or designing a powerpoint presentation to focus on what you want to tell the audience. This is a great start. But also think about what your likely reader or audience wants to know and hear.

Your aim is to communicate in a way that readers will remember because you have interested and engaged your audience.

What are your key messages? What do you want your reader or audience to do afterwards? Have you presented the information to make it easy for them to do this?

Consider these tips:

  • think about your content from the perspective of the audience
  • start with an example, fact or image to catch attention and introduce the topic
  • change the order of the content
  • use the right headings to structure and organise the content
  • use language at the right level for the audience
  • finish with ways to follow up, get more information and take action.