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How to write your first paper

      Abstract

      An author’s first paper is often the most difficult to write. However, the appropriate dissemination of the results, including the presentation of findings for peer review, is an important responsibility of all who conduct research. Key issues include the choice of which journal to submit to, and the determination of co-authorship status. Each facet of the paper (Title, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References, Abstract) requires attention, as does the covering letter to the journal editor.

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      Further reading

        • Yankelowitz B.Y.
        How to write nifty titles for your paper.
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