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Recipe for Research Publication Success [Infographic]

View this infographic to learn the recipe for creating a successful manuscript.

Creating a successful research manuscript is a lengthy and involved process. The process should not be rushed, and many of the aspects that make up a great paper must be carefully considered. In addition to the “recipe” below, we have included links to resources that will help as you develop the various sections of your manuscript for publication. Bon Appétit!


1-3 Years worth of meaningful research results

4,000 - 6,000 artisanal words (carefully crafted)

Bowl itations

1 heaping cup of relevant references (50-80)

Catchy Title

1 catchy title

Spoon Figures

5 - 7 dollops of visually appealing figures



Arrange results and data in a ogical order.



Combine results ith explanatory text to whip up a first draft. Fold in relevant citations as needed.

PRO TIP: Try repping the sections in this order: M&M, Results, Intro, Discussion, Abstract, & Conclusions.*
Whip up a first draft


Fill carefully with eye-catching figures.

PRO TIP: Add a dash of color when it enhances your point.*


Smooth out transitions and flow of the text.

Whip up a first draft


Top with a catchy title.*



Bake for 272 days or so until accepted.

Whip up a first draft


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Use only the best ingredients

Add finishing touches

Know how long to expect for time to acceptance

Share with your colleagues

Share your work as a preprint and help move science forward

We invite you to share your research with the community by posting it online as a preprint. Our sister company, Research Square, is a trusted preprint platform that lets you get credit for your unpublished research early, increase your citations, and get feedback from the community.

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