From a career standpoint, however, what’s most important about a scientific publication (along with the citations that follow, if the work is important) is its function as a proxy for scientific quality and attainment. Without good publications, you stand little chance of winning the fellowship, research grant, faculty job, or other scientific prize you’re competing for.
“Without publishing, [it is as if] you haven’t done anything, because scientific articles are the most important measure of scientific achievement,” says Ana Marušić, editor-in-chief of the and president-elect of the Council of Science Editors. “We don’t measure ourselves by how efficient and skilled we are in the lab but by the number and quality of articles we publish in scientific journals.”
In, Science Deputy Editor Katrina Kelner takes a peek into the publishing process and offers nuts-and-bolts advice on how to get your research into print.
Roberta Ness, a widely published epidemiologist and a less widely published author of children’s books, lets us in on a secret common to both types of writing in.
Finally, Elisabeth Pain, our contributing editor for South and Western Europe, writes that the challenges of go well beyond struggles with a foreign tongue.