Thursday, August 14, 2008

New Blog to Discuss Traveler's Diarrhea among Other Things

Dearest Fans,

On Monday I will be celebrating my newfound freedom from studenthood by departing for India for a month long trip.

So I am going to redirect you to my far more exciting blog, which will be covering both the highs and the lows of my Indian adventure:

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Rejection: On Scientific Writing

I don't know about you guys but I have such a tough time getting journals to reject my manuscripts. Fortunately, if you are like me, there is help available. A few years ago the BMJ published a helpful guide by Horacio Plotkin (it's got to be good as it had previously been rejected by JAMA, Science, NEJM, Lancet, and PNAS) replete with useful tips on just how to get a paper tossed by a journal. They include:

Use fancy words.
In the introduction, criticise the work of possible reviewers. Be particularly nasty. This is your chance for revenge.
Use more fancy words.
Start by looking at your data randomly. Something will come out. Why bother with writing a protocol when you already have results?
Use even more fancy words.

Good luck, all! I know that with persistence you can do it!