10 Tips for a Great Health Care Research Article
AUTHORS: Kathleen A. Fairman
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SUMMARY: The JMCP editors are often asked for advice on how to write a research article that will succeed in the rigorous JMCP peer review process. We are always pleased to provide authors with guidance about the critically important task of transparently reporting research methods and findings. However, we emphasize that good writing is only one component of the necessary work. At its heart, writing a good research article fundamentally depends on having a good research project to write about. In other words, producing a credible and useful research report for peer reviewers—and, ultimately, for readers—is a function of the entire research process, including literature review, planning, project organization, execution of the study methods, analysis, write-up, and effective response to the comments of colleagues and peer reviewers. Following is a high-level summary of best practices (Table 1).