A Pragmatic Approach to Getting Published: 35 Tips for Early Career Researchers

Front Plant Sci. 2016 May 9;7:610. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.00610. eCollection 2016.


It is trite to say "publish or perish," yet many early career researchers are often at a loss on how to best get their work published. With strong competition and many manuscripts submitted, it is difficult to convince editors and reviewers to opt for acceptance. A pragmatic approach to publishing may increase one's odds of success. Here, we - a group of postdocs in the field of plant science - present specific recommendations for early career scientists on advanced levels. We cannot provide a recipe-like set of instructions with success guaranteed, but we come from a broad background in plant science, with experience publishing in a number of journals of varying topics and impact factors. We provide tips, tricks, and tools for collaboration, journal selection, and achieving acceptance.

Keywords: collaboration; early career researcher; journals; open access; publishing; strategy.