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The Graduate Health & Life Sciences Research Library at Georgetown University Medical Center

Research in the Health Sciences

Working through the research process involves many integrated steps: creating a research question, performing a literature review, submitting IRB forms, gaining funding, analyzing results, and publishing. We have resources and services to help!

Before you start writing: learn about plagiarism

General Reference Shelf

Selecting a Journal

Before completing a draft of your manuscript, it's important to consider what journal(s) are best for your research. Many authors create a "short list" of possible journals, considering the following factors:

  • Appropriate Field
  • Impact Factor / Reputation
  • Open Access Status
  • Type of Article
  • Target Audience

Below, you will find resources to help you discover journals and evaluate the best fit.

Writing Reference Shelf

Creating a well-written article for a medical journal can be a struggle – be sure to check specific instructions for authors, but also take a look at some of the general tips found below!

Publishing Reference Shelf

NIH Manuscript Submission