Follow Instructions

Do you know the number one reason academic journals reject submissions for publication? The authors didn’t follow instructions. Every journal has a set of “instructions for authors” detailing everything from reference formatting to how to number your tables and charts. Here’s an example from JAMA. Be sure to find these instructions and follow them as you structure your report. And of course, if you are rejected by one journal and submit to another journal, be sure to reformat your paper to reflect the new instructions.