Most modern medical journals are published in English. For people who do not fully own it, this can be a problem. Before submitting an article to a journal, find out if its employees will help you with its final editing. There are magazines where we are ready to seriously edit the article if it is worthy of publication. However, most often the editors agree to make a small adjustment to English, but they will not rewrite the article. They return the material to the author and strongly recommend finding a native speaker, a colleague, and can also offer the addresses of professional firms that edit articles. There is another way: at the initial stage of the research, it is possible to attract a foreign partner to the group of authors, which will help to correctly state thoughts.
And yet in most text editors there is a spell checker. But for some reason, many authors do not use this function. Let the computer check for errors before sending the article.
Publishing Standards in Medical Scientific Journals
Before you write for a magazine, you should look at the articles that are published in it to determine the individual style of the magazine, to find out what the editorial requirements are. For example, in the British Medical Journal, it is customary to write in the first person: “we conducted a study others use vaguely personal sentences: “the research was done.”
In addition, most publications put forward certain requirements for the materials to be published: font size, space between lines, number of pages, etc.
But if you want to deviate a little from these rules, for example, you have exceeded the length of the article, you can accompany it with a letter to the editor when sending. The content of the letter may be: “Dear editor! We conducted a study and think that we have obtained significant results that will be of interest to your readers. We know that the article in your journal should consist of 15 pages, but exceeded this limit and wrote 18. However, we hope that you will be able to consider our work in connection with the significance of the study. In most cases, the editor goes to meet the author, if he believes that the article is really interesting, and sends it further for review. If you did not attach such a letter, the employee receiving the materials may formally reject it as not meeting the established requirements.
And one more important point: if you base your article on someone’s ideas that helped you achieve results, make a link to them. Sometimes authors use other people’s thoughts and insert them into their articles with whole paragraphs. This is called plagiarism. And if some of the scientists notice that you are making plagiarism, then you will lose trust for a long time, and no matter how good everything else is in your article.