Kwan Choi, Editor, RIE

Revised, March 7, 2002
Since February 1, 1998

          In response to popular demands, this brief note is provided for the benefit of all academic authors. The original intent was to produce a book of advice, but time is a scarce commodity and you may have to wait indefinitely for a book-length summary.

          This brief manual provides useful suggestions for today's authors. The goal is to "foster the greatest good to the greatest number of people."1 If this note is useful to you, please tell your friends about it. If you follow most of these rules, the probability of achieving tenure or promotion may increase significantly. If most authors acquired the basic skills mentioned here, they would then be competing in terms of the beauty of their ideas, not in terms of cosmetic skills.

Disclaimer

          Please note that the advice contained here may not necessarily improve the chances your esearch papers will be published. By downloading or acquiring a copy of this guide, you agree that:

In no event shall the author be liable for any indirect, incidental, collateral, exemplary, consequential, or special damages or losses arising out of your use of rules suggested in this guide.

Contents

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Introduction
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Purpose, acceptance rates, references
General Publication Strategies
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This section covers 28 long-term, general suggestions.
Writing Strategies
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This section explains 39 helpful recommendations about writing papers.
Preparation and Submission
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It covers 18 dos and don'ts when submitting a paper to a journal.
Rejection and Revision
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This section includes 12 ways to deal with rejection and how to revise manuscripts when you receive an invitation to revise.
Being a Good Referee
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Of course, you have to be a good referee to become a successful writer. 11 rules to guide good reviewing are offered here.
Qustions and Answers
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Here are some questions raised by readers.
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Comments or Questions

          If you have comments or questions, please contact me.

Acknowledgment

          I thank all those who made helpful comments and suggestions. The usual caveats apply.

Note
1. Urantia Book (p. 1488)


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Copyright

Copyright 1998-2009 by Kwan Choi. It may be freely redistributed in whole or part for any purpose. It may not be sold, or placed in something else for sale, without permission of the author. This guide is provided as is without any express or implied warranty.

Since 1998. 12500, February 1, 2000. 33,600, March 7, 2002.
Jade disc (modern copy), Warring States period, China (475 - 221 BC).