This Library Guide is aimed at SVHM staff 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.
Are you a Registered Nurse or Allied Health Practitioner?
If you need support or guidance with regard to a research project, abstract writing, grant application or getting published, please reach out:
Allied Health: Rita Kinsella, Allied Health Research & Knowledge Translation Lead, Allied Health & Pharmacy - Rita.Kinsella@svha.org.au
Nursing: Nursing Research Officers Kelly Coughlan Kelly.Coughlan@acu.edu.au or Alysia Coventry Alysia.Coventry@acu.edu.au from the Nursing Research Institute
Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (2019 update)
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:
enhancing peer review
implementing reporting guidelines
Web of Science Academy for online training courses for new researchers.
How to write an abstract,
what to include in your abstract and why
Writing a journal article - pay close attention to the journal's "Instructions to authors"
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. See publishing in an Open Access journal/book.
How long will the journal take to process my submitted manuscript? What percentage of submissions are accepted?
Copyright Clearance Centre http://www.copyright.com/get-permissions/
At copyright.com you can search for and obtain permission to use and share content from the world’s leading titles in science, technology, medicine, humanities, news, business, finance and more.
"Permission to reuse" template letter and instructions
Login /register to St Vincent's Application for Governance and Ethics (SAGE). Ethics guidelines relating to case studies, clinical trials, animal trials and so forth should be discussed with Dr Tam Ngyuen of St Vincent's Research Governance Unit.
Downloadable practical guidelines, infographics and flowcharts to address unethical issues provided by Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE ) are here.
(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)
Guide to Managing and Investigating Potential Breaches of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, Australian Government, NHMRC and ARC (2018)
National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2018 update).
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EndNote, Document Supply, Researcher Help
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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. Register for SVHM access here. Support is available from email@example.com
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. Statalist is a popular community forum.
More resources for researchers at SVHM
Clinical Researcher resources at SVHA
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.
Meta-analysis is a quantitative, formal, epidemiological study design used to systematically assess the results of previous research to derive conclusions about that body of research. It includes a comprehensive literature search and a PRISMA statement. Source
A review of literature that is unsystematically searched and minimally extracted to answer a broad question that may be vaguely stated. Source
Evaluation of a paper by experts in that field, usually done "blind" (i.e. the reviewer does not know who has written the paper) to avoid bias. Source : Understanding Research Methods for Evidence-based Practice in Health. Greenhalgh TM, Bidewell J, Crisp E et al. Milton, Qld.: John Wiley & Sons, 2017.
An evidence summary that provides evidence to decision makers incorporating some methods of a systematic review in a short timeframe. More
A narrative integration of relevant, systematically searched evidence. Examines the extent, range and nature of research activity in a broad topic. May be used to determine whether a systematic review is feasible. Source
A review of literature that is systematically searched. It answers a well-defined narrow question through a structured and rigorous synthesis of original studies chosen with strict and transparent inclusion and exclusion criteria. It evaluates the quality of the evidence and makes recommendations based on a qualitative synthesis of either all the evidence or only the high-quality evidence. See the LibGuide on Systematic Reviews.
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).