Medical knowledge is growing by leaps and bounds, which makes it hard for any practitioner to keep up with all the new literature. Writing and reading review articles helps to keep individuals up-to-date. While some journals focus on review articles exclusively, many will print one or two review articles per edition. Many journals have invited reviews, which requires that ideas for review articles be submitted prior to the writing of a review article, and will not accept already written articles. Check the journal you would like to publish in before starting a review article.
A review article is a comprehensive, critical analysis of published (and unpublished) material on a topic. (Agarwal 2016) Review articles require a thorough analysis of the literature, extensive reading on the topic of choice, and organization of materials into a cohesive article.
In this section, narrative reviews will be discussed. Narrative reviews tend to be broader in scope, are written to be easily read and understood by both practicing clinicians and students, and use a less rigorous methodology in compilation of information.
Writing a great abstract is key to having a good final research product for presentation or publication. As a summary of your research and findings, your abstract should be limited to 100-250 words. Since it can be difficult to condense your research these few words, the tips below will help with this process.
The title of your project is the first thing that people will see. Creating a good title for your presentation/publication/poster will capture the attention of visitors. The following tips will help you as you develop your title:
Review articles should have anywhere from 2-5 authors. Students, residents and fellows should keep in mind that they will always need to have a practicing clinician as an author on their article.
Authorship can be one of the trickiest parts of writing an article and should be dealt with up front. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) has set guidelines for what authors are expected to contribute and what qualifies someone as an author. These are the suggested guidelines to follow for the majority of clinical journals. The criteria for authorship are as follows:
Anyone not meeting all four criteria should be listed in the acknowledgements section of your paper.
Along with meeting author criteria, authors must decide amongst themselves who will be credited with the first author slot and the order of authors. Traditionally the lead or corresponding author, who will handle organization, final edits, and submission, or the one who does the most writing will be the first author. Mentors, senior faculty, and project PI's are generally placed as the last author.
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