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Front Plant Sci. 2016 May 9;7:610. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.00610. eCollection 2016.

A Pragmatic Approach to Getting Published: 35 Tips for Early Career Researchers.

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Bayer CropScience Innovation CenterGent, Belgium; Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, University College LondonLondon, UK.
Department of Forest Genetics and Plant Physiology, Umeå Plant Science Centre, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences Umeå, Sweden.
Institute of Agricultural Sciences, ETH Zurich Zurich, Switzerland.
Institute of Botany, Czech Academy of Sciences Třeboň, Czech Republic.
Gregor Mendel Institute Vienna, Austria.
Department of Terrestrial Ecology, Netherlands Institute of Ecology Wageningen, Netherlands.
Institute of Plant Biology, University of Zurich Zurich, Switzerland.
Department of Environmental Sciences - Botany, University of Basel Basel, Switzerland.
Science-Textflow Winterthur, Switzerland.


It is trite to say "publish or perish," yet many early career researchers are often at a loss on how to best get their work published. With strong competition and many manuscripts submitted, it is difficult to convince editors and reviewers to opt for acceptance. A pragmatic approach to publishing may increase one's odds of success. Here, we - a group of postdocs in the field of plant science - present specific recommendations for early career scientists on advanced levels. We cannot provide a recipe-like set of instructions with success guaranteed, but we come from a broad background in plant science, with experience publishing in a number of journals of varying topics and impact factors. We provide tips, tricks, and tools for collaboration, journal selection, and achieving acceptance.


collaboration; early career researcher; journals; open access; publishing; strategy

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