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Recipe for Research Publication Success [Infographic]

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

Tweezer Words

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

Bowl Citations

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 logical order.



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

PRO TIP: Try prepping 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

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