10 tips for writing a truly terrible journal article

About this video

As a journal editor, associate editor and editorial board member, Professor Bert Blocken has certainly seen his fair share of good – and not so good - journal submissions.  He knows that the ‘not so good’ manuscripts rarely make it through to the peer review process. To help early career researchers maximize their chances of publication success, he has compiled a unique list of common writing mistakes.

In this light-hearted but helpful webinar recording, Professor Blocken explores why publishing your results is so important before going on to share 10 sure-fire ways you can guarantee your paper won’t be accepted. His list of actions to avoid includes plagiarism, overestimating your contribution and, one of the biggest sins of all, ignoring editor and reviewer comments!

You will develop the ability to identify the common errors researchers make when preparing their manuscript and the practical skills you need to sidestep them.

To fit this learning module into your own busy schedule, you can jump to the particular sections that suit your individual learning needs and interests:

04:26-07:33: Why is it important to get your results published?

07:33-10:08: What is scientific misconduct and what does FFP mean?

10:09-40:12: Identify 10 sure-fire mistakes with examples hindering your paper from being accepted;

40:14-45:14: Practical skills you need to sidestep these mistakes.

About the presenter

Bert Blocken

Professor of Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) KU Leuven

Dr. Bert Blocken is Full Professor in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands and part-time Full Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at KU Leuven in Belgium. His main areas of expertise are urban physics, wind engineering and sports aerodynamics. He has published 180 papers in international peer-reviewed journals. According to the 2016 Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking) & Elsevier, he is among the 150 most cited researchers world-wide both in the field of Civil Engineering and in the field of Energy Science & Engineering. He is listed as 2018 and 2019 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate Analytics (Web of Science) for production of multiple highly cited papers that rank in the top 1 percent by citations for field and year in the Web of Science Core Collection. He is an editor of the journal Building & Environment, associate editor of the Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics and assistant editor of the journal Sports Engineering. He supervises a team of five senior researchers and 26 PhD students. Website at urbanphysics.net.