Photo credit: Nic’s events on Flickr
Invited author: Jeroen van den Bergh
ICREA Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & VU University Amsterdam
Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions (EIST)
A clear and attractive journal article requires a great deal of preparation and self-criticism. Even obviously talented writers will admit that it takes as least as much perspiration as inspiration. One can find many opinions on how a good article looks like. Here is my two cents, based on experiences as (co-)author, thesis supervisor and editor. The reader is reminded, though, that whereas a set of writing suggestions is useful, variations on these can make readings more appealing. So take my advice with a grain of salt.
To begin with the end, circulate your paper among critical but constructive colleagues, and persistently revise, revise and revise. Aim for revisions to render shorter instead of longer texts. This will assure…
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