Writing skills

This section focuses on the basic principles of writing an article for a journal and the prerequisites for a well-structured and well-edited paper. As you read it, you should think about your own writing and specific problems you have confronted.

It covers choosing a journal, authorship, language, and submitting your paper. It outlines the qualities of a good abstract and all the other components of a paper. It discusses how to structure the text, style, editing yourself, and dealing with peer reviews.

No one can teach you how to write in a few hours. But this information may help you to see your writing differently, and become more able to analyse critically what you are doing when you are working on a paper, so that you can improve it yourself.

This paper How to write a journal article gives basic information about writing articles for journals and the prerequisites for a well-structured and well-edited paper. Many of the principles it covers apply to longer papers as well. This text was originally a powerpoint presentation made by RHM founder-editor, Marge Berer, which was used as part of a seminar on writing for publication for post-graduate students at the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies.