Remember that publishers must judge the article quickly. The title and the summary are very important (avoid too long a title or too short summary). Headings and titles should be descriptive phrases instead of statements – pay attention to the length of the title (short), it is a good option that the original title is longer than a line of text.
Do not extend the content of the title, it establishes the expectation and defines the scope. The referees will be looking for that it fulfills expectations. Do not use words like “new” or “first time” if you can search for a title similar to yours with the keywords (editors and referees will consider these words highly suspicious).
Your summary should clearly state the objective:
Make sure you know the type of summary required (structured or not) for the journal you have chosen. You can initially give the main objectives about the importance of your study, do not include a long introduction. More than one or two sentences, it’s probably too much. With the Tands journal publications this is the best deal right way.
You must start from the premise that nobody will read the summary. The introduction is the beginning of the study. Be sure to define the abbreviations when they are used for the first time. Provide background information that explains the problem and current knowledge about it. Try to use the most recent bibliography that you have available. In most areas of study, this implies the use of relevant references less than five years old.
Explain what the researchers need to understand / investigate yet. This will lead you directly to the objective of this study.
At the end of the introduction, you should clearly indicate the hypothesis / objectives and make a brief description of the experimental reasoning. These sentences should be logical for readers once they have read the introduction. If this structure is followed, the introduction will easily move the reader to the next section (materials and methods or results, depending on the format of the journal).
Manuscript: Materials and Methods
The basic question to consider in this section is, “How does my research lead me to answer my questions?” Be sure to answer this question thoroughly. Look up the requirements of the journal about specific phrases that you need to include in the experimental section about:
- animal treatment ethically / approval committee
- approval of studies where human involvement is involved
It must list the origin of the cell lines and reagents (if this information is not included, the manuscript can be withheld during the initial process, which will imply a loss of time). Make sure that the experimental methods are explained in sufficient detail for reproducibility.