This post offers advice about constructing a proper annotated reference list.
This post offers some advice about the extras — items that accompany the text write-up that lead to further understanding of the topic.
Now let’s discuss the nuts and bolts of the manuscript. First, let me answer the No. 1 question that I get from potential contributors about the manuscript: “How long should it be?”
Because much about searching the literature is basic and self-evident, I won’t dwell too long on the topic. Still, a sloppily executed literature search can be a fatal flaw in an otherwise well-written, well-executed article.
In upcoming posts, I’ll delve into more detailed and specific practical advice about the literature search and the nuts and bolts of the manuscript itself. But first … Contact the editor!
This post briefly mentions other possible approaches to writing an article.
In this post, I’d like to briefly mention other possible approaches to an article, which may better suit the subject matter you have in mind.
Now that you've identified your topic, let's talk about choosing the best approach to covering that topic.
In part 1 of "Choose Your Topic Carefully," I recommended first steps to authoring and contributing a clinical case report or review article to Consultant. In part 2, I discussed choosing a topic with the appropriate scope. In part 3, I'd like to build on the idea of finding a hook, and discuss zebras vs horses and the pros and cons of choosing either as a topic.
In my last Writing Clinic blog post, I recommended a few first steps to authoring and contributing a clinical case report or review article to Consultant. Here in part 2, I’ll discuss choosing a topic with the appropriate scope, and finding your article’s “hook” or your “angle.”