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!

You can follow Think Check Submit on Twitter @thinkchecksub

Reporting guidelines in oncology

We have run Writing Club workshops about reporting guidelines, mostly about PRISMA.  A new paper (1) from members of the Equator Network outlines the reasons why reporting guidelines are needed and how they can help you report your research.   It discusses generic reporting guidelines but also oncology specific ones.

If you are writing up your research or study, and have not been able to make one of our workshops, have a look at the paper.   It is open access.

(1) MacCarthy A, Kirtley S, de Beyer JA, Altman DG, Simera I.  Reporting guidelines for oncology research: helping to maximise the impact of your research.  Br J Cancer. 2018;118:619–28.  Available from [Accessed 15th March 2018].

March Writing Club postponed

March’s meeting was scheduled for Thursday March 15th but due to low take up, we have postponed it until a future date.

Watch for details of that new date.

We are grateful to Rachael Dowling for being willing to speak at the Writing Club.   If you are in UHL and have research you want to talk to the media about, she would be pleased to hear from you.

Postponed: Presenting your research to the media

Very few attendees so we have postponed this meeting.  We will rearrange it for a later date: watch for details.

The next Writing Club is on Thursday March 15th at 1 pm.   We welcome Rachael Dowling, UHL Research Communications Manager.  Rachael will talk about presenting your research to the media.

What do journalists look for in a research story? How can you build your own research stories for the media? Where does social media fit into this picture?

If you want to tell the media about your research or other work, come along to find out more.    The meeting is from 1 – 2 pm in the Odames Meeting Room, Odames Library, Victoria Building, LRI.   Book a place by email, or phone extension 5558.   All UHL and LPT staff, and medical students on placement, welcome.

This is an updated repeat of the Writing Club meeting of September 2017.

ICMJE announcement on predatory journals

The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors have published a news item about “Fake”, “Predatory” and “Pseudo” journals.

It includes a definition of these types of journal, and reasons why they pose a threat and should be avoided.

It points to the World Association of Medical Editors’ guidance.  WAME discuss places to check a journal out – the now no longer updated Beall’s List of predatory journals, and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) – and using the Think Check Submit checklist, when deciding where to submit.   Choosing a journal was also discussed at Carolyn Tarrant’s recent Writing Club.

If you are not sure about the journal you want to submit to, ask colleagues who have experience of being published and knowledge of which journals are the core ones.   Your librarians can help too – we can identify core journals, and would be happy to investigate a journal you are thinking of submitting to.

I get emails from what I suspect are predatory journals, inviting me to write an article.      Alarm bells ring when I am addressed wrongly (Dear Dr Nockels,) or not at all (Dear, ) .  Some of the emails are badly written or edited, and they often approach me for work in fields I am supposed to be an expert in but about which I know nothing.   I also worry about journals that claim to cover a strange mix of subjects, like (fictional, these, probably) “International Journal of Microbiology and Lunar Studies” or “Microbiology and Science”.

I suspect that if any reputable journal wanted me to write an invited article, it would approach me in a rather more personal way.   Not that this has ever happened, yet, anyway….