Getting Published

Writing for Publication

Writing for publication does not come easy for most of us.  Knowledge of the the publication process can go a long way towards writing a paper that will get accepted and making that journey less of an ordeal.

Why Publish?

  • To see your name in print
  • Share good practice
  • Evidence of continued professional development
  • Raising the trust's profile
  • Improve patient care
  • Career

This is an overview of forms of publication.

Poster presentations

If you are a novice to the publication process presenting a poster presentation is a good place to start. Posters are presented at a conference venue and present a significant piece of research.

Conference papers and conference proceedings

Conference papers are presented in person usually by the author at a set venue. Papers presented allow the author to discuss in detail the latest research and improvements in their field.

Journal articles

If you are considering submitting a paper to be included in a peer reviewed journal then the most important objective is to follow the ‘instructions for authors’ published by the journal (typically found on the journals website).

For further information and help with the publication process for each of these formats or to book a session please contact the library.

Further reading

 KAURA, A. (2013) Evidence-based medicine: reading and writing medical papers. Edinburgh: Mosby Elsevier.

HOLLAND, K. and WATSON, R. (eds.) (2012) Writing for publication in nursing and healthcare: getting it right. Chichester: John Wiley.

TAYLOR, R.B. (2011) Medical writing: a guide for clinicians, educators and researchers. 2nd edn.GOODMAN, N.W. and EDWARDS, M.B. (2006) Medical writing : a prescription for clarity. 3rd edn. Cambridge U P.

MURRAY, R. (2005) Writing for academic journals. Milton Keynes: Open University Press.

CLARE, J. and HAMILTON, H. (2003) Writing research. Churchill.


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