The Pathway to Publishing: A Guide to Quantitative Writing in the Health Sciences

  • Luby S
  • Southern D
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1 Preface Steve Luby is a medical epidemiologist who has worked for over 20 years conducting public health research in low income countries. This guide grew out of his review of dozens of draft manuscripts from novice scientists in Pakistan in the mid-1990s. To avoid writing the same critique into multiple manuscripts, he developed a short list of 'most common errors' with explanations of how they should be addressed. This allowed him to refer to manuscript errors more quickly by number, and allowed writers to see a more complete description of the problem than might be typed out when they came up again in a manuscript. Over the years these 'most common errors' multiplied. While working in Bangladesh Steve began collaborating with Dorothy Southern who edited and organized this rather unwieldy list, integrated explanations and examples from a number of different sources, and produced a more systematic guide. As new errors have arisen, they have also been incorporated. Dorothy also worked to broaden the document to describe the mentor-orientated approach to scientific writing that we promoted in the Centre for Communicable Diseases (CCD) at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b). Neither Steve nor Dorothy are now living in Bangladesh, but we both remain involved teaching scientific writing to early career scientists especially those working in low income countries. Although a commercial publisher expressed interest in producing and distributing this guide, we have chosen to self-publish it so that the guide can be downloaded at no charge by scientists working in low income countries.

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Luby, S., & Southern, D. L. (2022). The Pathway to Publishing: A Guide to Quantitative Writing in the Health Sciences. The Pathway to Publishing: A Guide to Quantitative Writing in the Health Sciences. Springer International Publishing. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-98175-4

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