oa Central African Journal of Medicine - The writing of medical papers

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Part III: Presentation and Style. Advice is given on the planning and writing of medical papers, and on the preparation of typescript for the editors of the journals to which they are to be sent. Special stress is laid on orderliness in presentation of the material, and on the style of the writing, which should be lucid and appropriate to the theme. Brevity is commended, though not at the expense of clarity, and a special point is made that the paper should be interesting, partly because the subject matter should be stimulating, and partly because the presentation should be attractive. Good work can be spoiled by bad presentation, but good presentation cannot make up for poor material. Authors are urged to study exposition as an art, and some examples are given of faults to be avoided.

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