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Chapter 8 summarizes previous chapters, noting that drafting papers systematically can greatly ease the process and help maximize chances of publication. Key first steps include planning, performing and delimiting the study rigorously; keeping thorough notes; selectively reviewing literature and identifying an appropriate target journal and reading thoroughly its guidelines. Next, brief statements regarding the study are required that can be used systematically to construct a clear framework to draft each section of a paper and identify precisely where information and references should be placed. The paper can then be finalized, writing concisely, highlighting novelties, handling limitations strategically, avoiding jargon and plagiarism, using appropriate tenses, voices and conjunctions and maintaining narrative flow. The systematic approach can be applied to texts of any complexity. Covering letters should also be written carefully, since they determine editors’ first impressions of papers. Similar care should be taken when writing other texts and e-communications, which can profoundly affect careers (positively or negatively), and it is essential to consider possible objections from referees at all stages, especially when planning a study.

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Blackwell, J., Martin, J. (2011). Summary. In: A Scientific Approach to Scientific Writing. Springer, New York, NY.

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