2015 SOT Education-Career Development Session: Crafting High-Impact Manuscripts

Chairperson(s): Caitlin Murphy, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, and Karin M. Streifel, University of California Davis, Davis, CA.

Endorser(s): Board of Publications; Career Resource and Development Committee; Postdoctoral Assembly

Publications are an essential component for a successful career across all sectors of toxicology, including industry, academia, and government. Although mentors provide informal guidance, students and postdoctoral fellows rarely receive formal training on how to develop a high-impact manuscript. Therefore, trainees still have questions regarding the publishing process. A complete understanding of the publication process will benefit junior scientists in formulating research plans, preparing manuscripts, in developing manuscript submission strategies, and in effectively serving as a reviewer—all important elements in a successful career. This session is designed to provide early-career toxicologists with insight into the publication process from the journal’s perspective. Speakers will focus on (1) how to craft a high-impact manuscript; (2) the role of the associate editor, strategies of selecting reviewers, the expectations of a reviewer, and responding to reviewers’ comments; (3) maintaining scholarly productivity in nonacademic careers; and (4) publishing in top-tier journals. Each speaker will also highlight what led to some of his or her most significant publications. Attendees will learn the benefits of publishing in the Society of Toxicology’s journal, how this may help in their unique career path, and define the roles of key players of the publication process. As well, Dr. Marcia McNutt, the editor in chief of Science, will share her insights on what it takes to publish in high-impact journals. This discussion is pertinent to all junior-level toxicologists who are in the process of publishing, undergoing revisions, and reviewing manuscripts. This career-development session will provide the formal training to understanding the entire process of creating a high-quality manuscript.