Writing & Publishing Resources

The list below includes links to some best practices and great resources for both authors and publishers.

Successful Publishing Strategies for Authors
Writing Style and Format
Style Guides
Writing Resources
Plain Language
English Language Improvement Services
Societies and Organizations for Scholarly Publishers
Ethics in Scientific Publishing
How to avoid predatory publishers
Copyright
Canadian Funding Bodies

Successful Publishing Strategies for Authors

In addition to the tips and links below, our NRC Research Press site offers some advice to authors here.

Webcast
of Keynote address by John Smol at McGill University's 2013 Undergraduate Research Conference Advice to Young Scientists on Thriving in a Complex World

Another great resource for new authors can be found on Editage Insights. Of particular interest is the Industry Experts video series featuring our own Editor-in-Chief, Bruce Dancik.

Writing Style and Format

Research articles typically have a standard format and follow established scientific and stylistic conventions. Here are some important tips:
  • Follow the Instructions to Authors — this will help get your paper through the peer review and publishing process quickly.
  • Report your research results in a way that allows both analysis and review. You are responsible for presenting a concise, accurate account of the work performed.
  • Consult the discipline-specific style manual that relates to your research, if one exists — it will help you to follow the style conventions within your field

Style Guides

Pick a style and stick to it!
  • Scientific Style And Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, And Publishers (Council of Science Editors), available on Amazon.ca
  • The Canadian Style

Writing Resources

Learn from the best: Tips and tricks from professional science writers.

Plain Language

Jargon-free writing is a challenge, but it helps to make your research more palatable for a wider audience.

English Language Improvement Services

Canadian Science Publishing (CSP) has partnered with Editage to offer pre-submission editing services to authors. The services offered by Editage will help authors, particularly those for whom English is not their first language, craft well-written manuscripts for submission to an NRC Research Press journal or FACETS, making it easier for peer reviewers to assess the science of a manuscript and reducing the risk that a paper with good scientific content will be rejected because of a lack of clarity. 

Please note that language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be sent out for peer review or accepted for publication. Articles accepted for publication in an NRC Research Press journal or FACETS will still go through the normal copy-editing process as part of the production process.

Editage is a leader in English-language editing, translation, and author education services and works closely with journal authors worldwide to improve their success in publication. Canadian Science Publishing authors get a special 15% discount on submissions made through this link.

Why choose Editage:
  • 12+ years of expertise across 500+ disciplines
  • Publication guidance provided to over 70,000 authors
  • High level of technical knowledge applied through subject-specific expert editors (PhDs, MDs, and BELS-certified editors)
  • Flexible editing plans to suit your budget and deadlines
  • Free manuscript formatting for the target journal
  • Multiple-round editing support and free Q&A with your editor
Editage guarantees:
  • Your manuscript is analyzed and assigned to the best-matched subject expert
  • A senior editor does a second-level check to ensure that extra care
  • 100% on-time delivery and complete quality assurance
  • Confidentiality assured through our ISO-certified privacy and IT security systems

Societies and Organizations for Scholarly Publishers

The international scholarly publishing community shares a wealth of expertise and experience. What value do Scholarly Publishers Add to Society (Video) by SSP.

Ethics in Scientific Publishing

Maintaining the integrity of the scientific record is everyone's responsibility. Organizations such as COPE help to guide publishers, editors, and authors.
  • Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE): a forum for editors and publishers of peer-reviewed journals to discuss all aspects of publication ethics.
  • CSE's White Paper on Promoting Integrity in Scientific Journal Publications, 2012 Update.
  • CrossCheck — a multi-publisher initiative created to screen content for originality.

How to avoid predatory publishers

Predatory publishers are organizations “that unprofessionally exploit the gold open-access publishing model for their own profit” Jeffrey Beall). Sting operations have revealed that little or no peer review is performed by these so-called publishers.

Copyright

Copyright is a form of legal protection given to content creators through the assignment of specific rights to works that qualify for protection. Learn more about copyright and its various forms.
  • Creative Commons — Offers a flexible copyright for creative work.
  • Copyright Clearance Center — The world’s premier provider of copyright licensing and compliance solutions for the information content industry.

Canadian Funding Bodies

Some information about the three main Canadian funding/granting agencies.