Writing for publication

Cornock, Marc (2015). Writing for publication. Orthopaedic & Trauma Times(25) pp. 9–10.


There are many reasons to write for publication: the thrill of seeing your name in print, prestige, for your CV and job prospects, and to inform colleagues about innovative practice. All of these are author focused. Additionally there are other reasons why those working in healthcare should engage in writing. All healthcare professionals have a requirement to update themselves and keep themselves current. This requires there to be a literature base from which they can select articles relevant to their practice to read and inform that practice. Therefore it can be said that writing for publication is a professional duty.

However, many healthcare professionals see writing for publication as an arduous pursuit and not one that they can engage with. This article hopes to show you that writing is something that everyone can do if they follow some simple guidelines.

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