The most important information should be in the main text.
To avoid distraction, writers should put additional data in the supplementary material.
And a clear message is even more important when there is a multidisciplinary group of authors, which is increasingly common.
I encourage groups to sit together in person and seek consensus — not only in the main message, but also in the selection of data, the visual presentation and the information necessary to transmit a strong message.
Scientist-authors and editors debate the importance and meaning of creativity and offer tips on how to write a top paper.
Keep your message clear Angel Borja, marine scientist at AZTI-Tecnalia, a producer of sustainable business services and goods, Pasaia, Spain; journal editor; author of a series on preparing a manuscript.
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Manuscripts may have a rigidly defined structure, but there’s still room to tell a compelling story — one that clearly communicates the science and is a pleasure to read.