Preparing Manuscript from Thesis Material and Selecting Journals for Submission

  • Vikram Kate
  • Sathasivam Sureshkumar
  • Akhila Kavirayani


  • The best way of getting the thesis work and the research outcome known to the rest of the world is to get it published in a scientific journal.

  • The skill of preparing an article out of a dissertation can be acquired and mastered by familiarizing oneself with original articles published in various journals.

  • The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) provides assistance in preparing the manuscript and the submission process.

  • Indexing often serves as the officially recognized database where researchers and scholars can reliably find high quality scientific journals for publication.

  • Predatory, scholarly open-access journals generally have weak peer-review system and often charge the authors a heavy processing fee. Submission to these questionable open-access standalone publishers to be avoided.

  • Familiarizing oneself with manuscript submission and tracking system helps in publishing the thesis work in a shorter time frame.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vikram Kate
    • 1
  • Sathasivam Sureshkumar
    • 2
  • Akhila Kavirayani
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Surgery and Senior Consultant General and Gastrointestinal SurgeonJawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and ResearchPondicherryIndia
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryJawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and ResearchPondicherryIndia
  3. 3.Nuffield Orthopaedic CentreOxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation TrustOxfordUK

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