Research dissertation to published paper – the journey to a successful publication

David Radford, Robert Seath, Latha Davda, Gemma Potts

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

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Background - Many dental professionals are now completing higher degrees that involve a research project. However, many of those research projects, although worthwhile, are not written up for publication in a peer reviewed journal.

Aim - To encourage and assist novice authors in transferring their project report into a paper to submit for publication.

Discussion - The relationship between the authors and contributors is considered and advice is given on how to focus on the specific research question and produce a succinct paper within the target Journal’s word limit. Emphasis is placed on choosing the right journal for submission and the need to follow the ‘instructions to authors’ as well as what happens post submission, acceptance and publication. Further some of the difficulties that the authors have encountered on their publication journeys’ are highlighted.

Conclusion - Great satisfaction will be derived if the novice researcher makes the most of their opportunity of undertaking a research project and subsequently getting it published in a peer reviewed journal. Publishing gives the author recognition within their professional community, a feeling of personal achievement, can create better career perspectives and allows others to build on the work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)791-794
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Publication statusPublished - 22 May 2020


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