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The Chocolate Question: Lies, damned lies, and statistics

I read with interest reports of a recent ‘study’ by a scientist and journalist who managed to get a flawed piece of research published in a (non-refereed) scientific journal from where it was taken up by the popular press (http://io9.com/i-fooled-millions-into-thinking-chocolate-helps-weight-1707251800). The ‘research’ claimed to demonstrate that chocolate was a beneficial addition to weight reducing diets.…

Robust, novel, innovating, unprecedented – words to avoid to publish in high impact factor medical journals

Study finds that the words robust, novel, innovating, and unprecedented have a 15000% relative increase in frequency over the last 40 years. A recent study1 in the BMJ Christmas issue investigated the use of positive and negative words in the scientific literature. The study included a retrospective analysis of PubMed titles and abstracts between 1974…

Avoiding submission to a fake journal

An article recently published in Science Magazine adds another aspect to the list of factors to be considered when selecting the target journal for your precious manuscript. The article “How to hijack a journal” by John Bohannon outlines the latest scam to hit the scientific publishing field. Bohannon explains how fraudsters have now progressed from…

Online Journal Selection Tools

Choosing the right journal for your research manuscript is a crucial step in the publication process. There are many factors to consider such as scope of study, type of study, type of article, journal audience, indexing, impact factor, processing timeframe, accessibility, and fees. Several online tools have been developed to help researchers with this task.…

How important is your abstract?

Except for the title, the abstract is the most widely read part of your manuscript, and therefore must be both effective and attractive. Your abstract must provide a coherent, concise, and convincing summary of your research objective, methodology, results, and conclusions. For readers and researchers, the abstract acts as a selection tool. Most abstracts are…

Additional services added to new Research Medics website

We have been busy over the last few months developing our new website, which was launched last week. We hope that the new site will be pleasing to look at, easy to navigate, and informative of the services that we provide to our clients. Information on our services can be easily accessed by navigating using…

Open access journals and their role in disseminating research outcomes

Articles published in most open access journals are immediately and permanently free for anyone to read and download. Some even allow researchers to re-use material dependent on their Creative Commons license. For authors and researchers this translates into the increased visibility and impact of their work. Published research is now available to the masses, regardless…