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Year : 2000  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 17  

Tips from the Editor


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Bella H. Tips from the Editor. J Fam Community Med 2000;7:17

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Common reasons why papers are rejected for publication

  • The study did not examine an important scientific issue
  • The study was not original (someone else has already done the same or a similar study)
  • The study did not actually test the author's hypothesis
  • A different type of study should have been done
  • Practical difficulties (e.g. in recruiting subjects) led the authors to compromise on the original study protocol
  • The sample size was too small
  • The study was uncontrolled or inadequately controlled
  • The statistical analysis was incorrect or inappropriate
  • The authors have drawn unjustified conclusions from their data
  • There is considerable conflict of interest (e.g. one of the authors or a sponsor might benefit financially from the publication of the paper and insufficient safeguards were seen to be in place to guard against bias)
  • The paper is so badly written that it is incomprehensible
(Source: Greenhalgh T. How to read a paper. The basics of evidence-based medicine. London: British Medical Journal Publishing Group, 1997)

Problems encountered by technical and copy editors, authors, journal editors and reviewers

  • Inconsistency in: spellings, use of units, presentation of units, use of symbols
  • Too many tables/figures makes layout difficult
  • Lack of care in determining levels of headings (keep to a minimum)
  • Literary not scientific language/lack of clarity
  • Errors in quoting from source material
  • Errors in cross-referencing data (e.g. data in text does not match data in tables/figures; statements in abstract do not match statements/conclusions in text)
  • Incomplete referencing: author, title, journal, volume, issue, date, page numbers, or author/editor, book title, place of publication, publisher, year, page numbers
  • Too many references: are they all valid?
  • Poor quality figures/photos
  • Poorly designed tables
(Source: WHO and other sources)


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