Writing it up: a step-by-step guide to publication for beginning investigators

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2005 Sep;185(3):591-6. doi: 10.2214/ajr.185.3.01850591.


Objective: Writing scientific manuscripts can be unnecessarily daunting, if not paralyzing. This paralysis is usually the result of one of two reasons: either researchers do not know how to start, or they do not know what to put where. However, most radiology manuscripts follow a definable blueprint. In this article, I attempt to lay out the paragraph-by-paragraph development of a typical radiology paper.

Conclusion: If authors can accomplish the writing of the 18 paragraphs of text described in this article, they will produce a manuscript that is properly organized, correct in its essentials, and ready for the finishing hand of a seasoned writer and mentor.

MeSH terms

  • Authorship
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Manuscripts, Medical as Topic*
  • Periodicals as Topic*
  • Publishing*
  • Radiology*
  • Writing