I recently discovered a series of papers from PLOS Computational Biology – the “Ten Simple Rules” collection. These papers by Phillip Bourne (et al.) cover a wide range of topics – including “Ten Simple Rules For Making Good Oral Presentations” to “Ten Simple Rules For Graduate Students” to “Ten Simple Rules For Aspiring Scientists In A Low-Income Country”. There are more than 20 in all and they are definitely worth checking out (especially if you’re interested in a career in Computational Biology or a starting graduate student). “Ten Simple Rules For Getting Published” has some pretty sound advice and although I’m no publishing expert – I’m adding my two cents (the black text) to Bourne’s golden nuggets of advice (the red italic text).
Rule 1: Read many papers and learn from both the good and the bad work of others.
This is important for any Academic – reading papers and noting their strengths and weaknesses will have benefits beyond just getting published. As a figure junky, I have learned a lot by analyzing what makes a visual aid particularly pleasing or confusing – doing this with text and content are just as helpful.