European Journal of Plastic Surgery

, Volume 41, Issue 5, pp 489–494 | Cite as

How to avoid common errors in writing scientific manuscripts

  • Franco A. Maiorana
  • Horacio F. MayerEmail author
Master Class in Plastic Surgery


When writing scientific manuscripts, many important details are left a side which many times causes the rejection of the manuscript from high impact journals. Scientific writing is a combination of a comprehensive literature search and study, collection of statistical data, and a clear and concise structured writing, while avoiding common and known errors. The knowledge and implementation of basic rules of style, structure, and presentation when writing a scientific paper increase the chances of success and ultimately publication. This article aims to contribute with the existing information on how to recognize and avoid common errors for a successful scientific writing and consequently being published.

Level of Evidence: Not ratable.


Scientific writing Common errors Obstacles Writing skills 


Compliance with ethical standards


This study did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial and not-for-profit sectors.

Conflict of interest

Franco Maiorana and Horacio F. Mayer declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical approval

For this kind of study, formal consent from a local ethics committee is not required.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Plastic Surgery Department, Hospital Italiano de Buenos AiresUniversity of Buenos Aires School of Medicine and Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires University InstituteBuenos AiresArgentina

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