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									                                                                 Ergonomics SA, 2008, 20 (2)
                                                                   ISSN Number : 1010-2728


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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