|Why do you want to publish?
The types of publications
can be dividied into four main types:
Based on the type of employment
you are seeking, your competence may very well be judged by the Quality
and Quantity of publications (this is becoming increasing common for ophthalmology
You are doing research in an
institute or centre, so it is essential you publish your studies. The value
of your institute and department is assessed by the quality of its research
output. Such assessments will impact on the research funding your department/institute
You may want to share a message
with the research community or announce your new findings.
Message your own ego or that
of your supervisor.
Such articles give one-sided
Very little peer review to check
the validity and soundness of your opinions.
Such articles are used to popularise
your work and institution as opposed to a scientific statement
Outline structure of the Magazine
articles (its more like an essay) is different from the formally recognised
structure of the Conference or Journal Papers.
Audience of Magazine Articles
is not expected to be expert in the field.
Very little scientific worth.
Reflect 6 to 12 months of research/development
They usually reflect some key
milestones in an ongoing Project/Development work
Remember there are Conferences
and there are Conferences: for example an International conference such
as ARVO versus regional meeting
Value of the Paper in a Conference
depends on the peer perceived quality of the conference and this depends
on the following factors
Number of attendees
Number of Sessions
Ratio of number of papers selected
versus number of papers submitted (Top-notch conference: 1 to 8 or more)
Type of reviewing procedures
Papers in Conferences generally
are deemed to be relatively weak for the following reasons:
Less thorough peer review (Often
papers are accepted solely based on the ‘Extended abstract)
Non-comprehensive nature (Material
quality, restrictions on the length of the paper)
Longer, more substantial and
complete piece of work
More extensive peer reviewing
and revision procedures
They constitute a significant
milestone in your research
Before you write a Journal paper,
you are expected to have achieved certain command in your field of research
and therefore you are expected to know:
List of top Journals in your
List of rival individuals and
institutions who are conducting research / development in your and associated
fields (this applies to full time research doctors)
This section will focus
exclusively on journal articles because articles in peer-reivewed preferably
international journals are, for most consultants, what really makes a strong
impression on a CV.
In effect, these may only be
as good as the editing allows the book to be and readers can never be sure
that a full peer-review has taken place.
Nevertheless, they are especially
common in medicine and publication of a good paper in a focused compendium
can be a good way of being noticed.