"Less is more when it comes to writing a good scientific paper. Tell a story in clear, simple language and keep in mind the importance of the ‘big picture’."Specifically, the editorial makes the following points:
- Tell a story. A scientific paper is not a chronology; the data should be presented and interpreted in context.
- Be clear. "Clear, simple language allows the data and their interpretation to come through."
- Provide an informative title and abstract. "Make the abstract clear and try to get the ‘big picture’ across."
- Make the introduction short and concise.
- Clearly distinguish Results from Discussion. "Discussion should put those results in a broader context." It "should be an interpretation of those results..."
- Cover letter is important. You should spell check your manuscript, and number the pages, etc.