Scope of Book: This practical review offers tips on writing a scientific article.
Contents: The book addresses a broad range of topics, although none in great detail. The first half of the text briefly and succinctly covers methodologic issues that may be useful to clinicians who want a brief overview of basic statistical concepts. The discussions of selected methodologic and design topics provide guidance for conducting a research study suitable for peer review. Several commonly criticized methodologic problems are reviewed, and suggestions for addressing them early in the design phase are provided. The second half of the book provides useful information on preparing and submitting a manuscript. Many of the issues that are reviewed would usually be learned through personal experience or from a helpful mentor.
Strengths: This concise, practical overview covers numerous important issues associated with producing a peer-reviewed publication, such as basic design issues, methodologic flaws, and details related to writing and submission. Its numerous chapters and readable format make it a helpful reference source for busy clinicians or junior investigators.
Deficiencies: This text is not comprehensive and is inadequate for researchers who already have advanced training in research methodology or statistics.
Recommended Readership: Internists, general practitioners, or surgeons.
Overall Grading: ★★★★
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