What should you take into account when writing your article?

When you start writing your article, you should take a number of things into account.

1. Hone your academic writing skills

Structural and language aspects are fundamental for getting an article accepted, as they are the factors that the publisher considers when performing an initial screen of the article and deciding whether to pass it on to the reviewers.

 

Format of the article

(Source: UOC Library)

 

Language quality

Some useful resources:

 

2. Make it easier to find your article

The idea is to prepare the article to make it easy to find in search engines (academic SEO).

The following aspects must be considered:

  • Analyse the titles of similar articles in the databases.
  • Use subtitles that reinforce the key idea.
  • Carefully select the keywords that describe the article: consult the thesaurus and keywords used by similar articles.
  • When writing the abstract, state the research's basic components and include the keywords that you want the search engines to find.
  • Use titles for tables, images and figures.
  • Give priority to the use of tables and figures to make the contents searchable; the image format (.jpg, .png) does not allow this.

 

The following image is a summary in diagram form of the actions listed above.

 

(Source: Elsevier Publishing Campus)

 

3. Manage the bibliography

A key factor for the publication's success is to draw up the reference list in accordance with the format used by each journal.

 

4. Decide how to sign the article

When signing the article, a number of aspects should be taken into account:

 

1. Unify your name as author, using the unique researcher identifier

2. Identify your affiliation with the institution

3. Reflect on how to sign co-authored articles