10 top tips for writing a cover letter

Writing a cover letter is an essential part of submitting an article to a journal. On the 15th November, we were pleased to welcome Dr Jatinder Minhas to speak at the Writing Club.

Here is some of the advice he shared about writing a successful cover letter:

1. Make sure the letter is appropriately headed

2. Address it to the Editor-in-Chief of the journal

3. If you’re responding to a call for papers, state this clearly at the start

4. Make sure you include the name of the paper!

In your introduction…

5. Provide the context for your paper

6. Describe the work’s novelty

7. Define the expected increment knowledge for readers


8. Reinforce the expected impact

9. Be clear and succinct

10. Be positive – make sure you sell the good points!


Article on preparing & delivering 10 minute presentations

Preparing and delivering a 10-minute presentation at a scientific meeting

Paediatric Respiratory Reviews 12 (2011) 148–149


This is the full text of a really handy , and very short, article, brought to our attention via the LIS-Medical mailing list. It gives an overview of what to include, how to get the best from PowerPoint, and crucially what not to do (like use Comic Sans or Clip-art).

Think Check Submit


Choosing the right journal to submit your work can be a minefield. Sharing your research results is essential to the progress of your clinical area, to evidence-based practice, and to your own career. With so many different publications on offer, and many approaching you directly to write and publish, how can you be sure you can trust a particular journal? We recommend that you follow the Think Check Submit checklist to make sure you choose well respected journals for your research.

Think Check Submit do not have a “white list” of journals that are trustworthy, as with such a large market, maintaining its currency would be a huge task. Instead, the site aims to help researchers and would-be authors to make informed decisions about submission of their work to a particular publication.

If you need more help in selecting the best journal to submit your paper to, please consult the staff at UHL Libraries & Information Services for advice.

And of course, make sure you follow the journal’s submission criteria and instructions to authors!

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