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Ergonomics SA, 2008, 20 (2) ISSN Number : 1010-2728 EDITORIAL ______________________________________________________________________ Writing Academic Papers: Every now and then the issue of publishing in academic journals is brought up – how to get published, where to get published, etc. This issue was succinctly highlighted by Professor Mike Lambert in the most recent copy of the South African Journal of Sports Medicine in his editorial - Accepted or rejected? Writing a good academic paper for a peer-reviewed journal is not easy and is a task that should not be taken lightly. We all know how to write, as we do it all the time; however what is needed, is the ability to write for academic publication. Writing and publishing help us to share our ideas with others, which enables us to get feedback from others in our field. It can also ignite debate which further enhances our research and writing. Publishing is important for not only enhancing the individual but also the discipline, the discipline of ergonomics. First time authors and even experienced authors often fear ridicule from other scientists – this is going to happen and although daunting, it helps the individual to grow and ultimately, helps the discipline to grow. So, to all the young and not so young researchers out there, don’t be put off by a multitude of rejection letters – reportedly less than 50% of papers submitted to a journal are accepted. Use this feedback to enhance your paper and/or your research and submit elsewhere – sometimes your paper won’t be right for a particular publication. Learn from others in your discipline – ask the right questions and ensure your methods of data collection are scientifically sound.
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