2019.1.4 Editor: E.L.
Greetings and good wishes for a happy and productive 2019!
January is the time of year when we make resolutions and adopt fresh approaches to various areas of our life, including work. For scientists, our work involves not only experimentation, but also communication of the findings in a logical and clear format.
Like any good story, a scientific article should have a beginning, where the background work is concisely summarized and the aim or scope of the study is outlined; a middle, where the results of the experiments are clearly described; and an end, where the wider context and future directions of the work are discussed.
We learn these fundamental rules in school, and most of us apply them without even thinking. Nevertheless, this basic article structure is essential for any non-specialist readers who are interested in your work. So let’s make this January a time to revisit the principles of article writing and to communicate our scientific discoveries in an interesting and accessible way!