Tips for Preparing a Successful Research

Tips for Preparing a Successful Research

Blog tips represent a consensus from several experienced researchers. We hope the following tips are helpful for CEITR affiliates for preparing successful research and manuscripts for publication. 


  •  Submit the best looking manuscript to journals

Remove all editing artifacts, including margin comments, templates from the document. Make sure font, text, and formatting are consistent and appropriate. Journal reviewers are human and are influenced by the document look.


  • Write smoothly and clearly

Do not slow down the reader with vague referents (it is, this is, there is), big and inappropriate words, or overly complicated sentence structure.  You do not want readers going back to read and re-read for clarity.   Consider software such as Word, Refworks (free in the library), and commercial editing software (look in the University Marketplace) for additional help.


  • Align problem and design

How do core design elements of problem, purpose, and research questions align with the chosen method and design? Can the problem be resolved with the design?  Does the purpose align with the problem and design?  Will answering the research questions alleviate or help to solve the problem in some way?  Revise the research components if you see discrepancies in alignment.


  • Be consistent (1)

The problem, purpose, and research questions need to be exactly the same throughout the document. Small changes in these elements mean larger changes in the research design.  Check repeatedly to make sure that each statement or question remains consistent (word for word) throughout the research manuscript.


  • Be consistent (2)

All elements of the proposed design need to be consistent.  For example, keep sample size consistent in abstract and method section.  Make sure that each detail remains consistent throughout the paper.


Look for more tips over the next months as we continue to gather tips for successful research and manuscript for publication. 


Maureen Marzano's picture Maureen Marzano | October 19, 2016 7:20 am MST


You provide excellent tips. You mention commercial editing software available in the marketplace. What is your preferred tool for editing  SAS faculty can use as well as recommend to students? 

Maureen Marzano

Lead Faculty Area Chair DHA Program

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