Welcome to GreenRiters, a blog website dedicated to providing advice and resources for writing scientific manuscripts.
If you are a researcher, you probably have heard many times that publication in a reputable, peer-reviewed journal should be a major goal of your study.
I was one of you. When I heard this statement in the first year of my Ph.D. program, I thought it could only happen in my dream. I had never studied in the U.S. before; I had no training in English academic writing; I had no clue what peer-review process was like. The funny thing (at least making me laugh now) is that despite a lack of knowledge, I never stopped trying. I submitted my first final paper to a journal, and of course, was brutally rejected. I did the same thing in the next couple of semesters and got the same results. Right before I nearly made to the “blacklist” of several journals, I realized that I got to really learn and understand how to develop a publishable manuscript.
There are many ways to learn about publishing. My previous experience was not completely a waste of time; it allowed me to figure out what worked and what didn’t. The learning also came from regular meetings and discussion with my adviser and research supervisor, collaborating with professors and other Ph.D. students, reading published studies, and collecting useful templates and examples.
My first single-authored manuscript, adapted from the final project of a course, was published in 2005. In the following year, I had another three papers published. Meanwhile, I was invited to join the Editorial Board of a peer-reviewed journal. I was quite honored, as a doctoral student.
Over the past 10+ years, I have authored or co-authored over 30 peer-reviewed articles with 1300+ citations. I’ve also served as a reviewer for dozens of peer-reviewed journals.
My journey is not smooth. There are quite a few mistakes that I hope I had not made and some moments that I hope someone could tell me what to do. The fact is very few graduate schools offer systematic training on how to get published in peer-reviewed journals, let alone on how to deal with the self-doubt and emotional distress after rejections, how to manage writing time, how to communicate with your co-authors and editors, etc.
I am hoping my blog website “GreenRiters” offers you a little light when you are searching for your path of getting your scientific work published.
My background and experience are in social science, public health, and health services. If your research area is in life science, engineering, or others, some posts may not be completely applicable. But I am sure you will still find something that you would enjoy reading.
I promise, my posts won’t be boring…. at least I will try. I know you don’t need another textbook to read.