This Library Guide is aimed at staff at SVHM who have done their research, searched the medical literature and are embarking on writing their clinical or non-clinical work. This could be an article for publication, an internal report, or a grant application. It is recommended that this guide is consulted with the information at Evidence Based Practice and the guidelines of the Research Directorate, St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne.
The EQUATOR Network Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research.
Your one-stop-shop for writing and publishing high-impact health research, with further information on:
improving your writing
enhancing peer review
implementing reporting guidelines
Web of Science Academy for online training courses for new researchers.
Free online tutorials by Springer Nature aimed at journal authors
Articles from Editage Insights (free account registration required)
How to avoid a desk reject in seven steps (Harzing.com)
Where to publish?
Finding a journal that is a good fit for your paper gives you the best chance of success when submitting for publishing. Consider journal quality, publisher reputation and the journal's acceptance rates.
How long will the journal take to process my submitted manuscript? What percentage of submissions are accepted?
Ethics guidelines relating to case studies, clinical trials, animal trials and so forth should be discussed with Dr Tam Ngyuen, Research Governance Unit
Guide to Managing and Investigating Potential Breaches of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, Australian Government, NHMRC and ARC (2018)
Image from: Simera, I., & Altman, D. G. (2013). Reporting medical research. International journal of clinical practice, 67(8), 710–716. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijcp.12168
Covidence is online software specifically created for facilitating the writing of systematic reviews. St Vincent's now has an institutional licence, if you would like to gain access please contact the Library on email@example.com
EndNote is bibliographic management software that allows you to store records of references, their full text PDF, organise them, and cite them in a Word document to create formatted bibliographies. Request the software for your computer while working from home by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more see the EndNote Library Guide.
REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) is a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases. To request access see REDCap at St Vincent's. Direct questions about training to Claire Formby.
STATA is software for data manipulation, visualization, statistics, and automated reporting. STATA 12 is available from your PC, for access while working from home request access from IT.
More resources for researchers at SVHM
A review of literature that systematically searches evidence, uses explicit questions, and provides tabular summaries of the nature and findings of the studies. Source
A literature review identifies, evaluates and synthesises the relevant literature within a particular field of research. It illuminates how knowledge has evolved within the field, highlighting what has already been done, what is generally accepted, what is emerging and what is the current state of thinking on the topic. In addition, within research-based texts such as a Doctoral thesis, a literature review identifies a research gap (i.e. unexplored or under-researched areas) and articulates how a particular research project addresses this gap.
An evidence summary that provides evidence to decision makers incorporating some methods of a systematic review in a short timeframe. More
A systematized review attempts to include elements of the systematic review process while stopping short of the systematic review. For example, they may include a PRISMA chart. Systematized reviews are typically conducted as a postgraduate student assignment, in recognition that they are not able to draw upon the resources required for a full systematic review (such as two reviewers).