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.
Contact: Danila Durante, firstname.lastname@example.org
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?
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
Avoiding Plagiarism, Self-plagiarism, and Other Questionable Writing Practices: A Guide to Ethical Writing, US Office of Research Integrity (2015)
Ethics guidelines relating to case studies, clinical trials, animal trials and so forth should be discussed with Dr Tam Ngyuen, Research Governance Unit
Covidence is online software specifically created for facilitating the writing of systematic reviews. St Vincent's now has a site 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.To learn more about EndNote see the EndNote Library Guide. To request the software for your computer while working from home email firstname.lastname@example.org. While other personal bibliographic management tools are available, Librarians at SVHM only provide support (consultations and tutorials) for EndNote.
PRISMA is an evidence-based minimum set of items for reporting in systematic reviews and meta-analyses. PRISMA focuses on the reporting of reviews evaluating randomized trials, but can also be used as a basis for reporting systematic reviews of other types of research, particularly evaluations of interventions. It comprises a checklist and a flow diagram.
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.
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).