It is widely held in the field of scientific research that too many articles are being published: that many research papers are cranked out mainly to pad their author’s resumes, who focus on quantity, not quality. While no doubt this has always been true, there is some evidence that the problem is getting worse. According to a recent study the growth rate in scientific publications was 2–3% per year in the period 1919-1939, but has now reached a growth rate of 8–9%. The current rate corresponds to more than doubling the number of scientific publications every ten years, which does seem a lot higher than the increase in the number of scientists doing research.… Continue Reading
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Academic writing conveys clear and accurate information, and to this end, places a high premium on well-constructed, carefully thought-out content. Alas! Many a time, these hallowed features lead academic sentences to becoming lengthy and convoluted, making the text hard to read. In this article, let’s look at some tips that will help you maintain an appropriate length of your sentence so that you can communicate your message or idea more effectively to the reader, which otherwise is hard to achieve, in a lengthy sentence in which the readers have to go through chains of words and ideas without a break or a pause and so find it harder to process all the information and keep in mind what the original message or overall objective was when they started reading the sentence and where all this information is leading to!… Continue Reading
Proofreading appears again in scene as an indispensable procedure to achieve quality. Since statistical errors and data analysis mistakes make it impossible to reproduce a considerable number of researches each year, some journals have decided to focus more on statistical analysis proofreading. This more exhaustive scrutiny is no more than a way of giving statistical analysis the importance it deserves in the academic and scientific publishing field.
Focus on quality
Despite the fact that professional scientists and researchers are supposed to know how to analyze data, it is important to consider that the possibility of making human mistakes exists at every research stage.
The fact that scholarly journals have become such a big business in the so called Information Age is still an irony for plenty of us. Nowadays, when the Internet must have reduced the costs and efforts of sharing knowledge, some publisher companies rise as giants, selling content for a high price that few can afford.
Often considered disloyal competition, this business has obvious effects on researchers. Many don’t have access to sources, while only wealthy universities and research centers can afford it. Therefore, scholarly journals’ publishers are sometimes pointed to be enemies of the evolution of science and development.… Continue Reading