Imagine! You are a young scientist working on an interesting and trending topic of the year. You have discovered something awesome, something very significant. And now, you wish to publish your work so that the world comes to know about your discovery.
But, most of the journals have rejected your article.
How will you feel?
The first thought strikes your mind, “I had submitted my manuscript to the reputed medical editor. So, why didn’t they recognise and encourage the worth of my paper?”
Is there anything else you could have done to ensure successful acceptance the first time?
Here’s the deal:
REVISE YOUR MANUSCRIPT BEFORE SUBMITTING TO THE MEDICAL EDITOR
But, why revise the manuscript?
To answer this, you must understand what a manuscript revision is and how it adds value. Manuscript revision means “to see again” and “make changes” for the better.
Now, these changes can be a few small changes or large, sweeping changes that involve reorganisation of the part or all of the text, a change of tone and voice, or fixing the grammatical errors.
A manuscript revision is done by the author or the medical editors, who are experts in the applicable subject.
Difference between revising and editing
Revising the manuscript means “self-editing.” When you sit down to re-read your first draft, you will come across many mistakes which you want to change. This process is called revision.
Editing is when you hire a medical editor to give a professional perspective to the text and enhance its clarity and readability.
Therefore, you first revise i.e. work on it yourself and make it as good as you personally can, and then you edit (by hiring a professional medical editing services)
How to revise your manuscript?
Revising your manuscript becomes easy when you keep these key points in mind:
- Who is your audience?
- Which is your target journal?
- Is your manuscript within the recommended word limit?
- Is there any plagiarised content in the manuscript?
- Did you check the reference protocols?
- What is the average acceptance rate of your publisher?
The best way to change your manuscript is by using the “Track Changes” option in Microsoft Word. Always save the revised document with a different file name than the original. Highlight the changes you make in the revised file.
Before submitting your revised file to the medical editor, make sure that you:
- Follow the editorial guidelines
- Submit figures, graphs, and tables in a separate file
- Use double spacing throughout the text
- Use Times New Roman or Symbol fonts
- Prepare equations using standard equation symbols
- Prepare files for 8 ½ by 11-inch paper size
- Define acronyms when you first use them in the content
- Number the tables and figures in order
- Don’t refer to data not shown in the main manuscript
Till now, you must have understood the purpose of a manuscript revision; to improve your chances of acceptance. So, review your document well, and accept the good advice from others. Once your manuscript gets accepted, you will never regret the time you spent revising it.
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