How to write a scientific manuscript?
How to write a manuscript for a scientific journal?
You should use one inch margins all around your text on every page.
Use double spacing throughout the content of your manuscript. This makes it easier to edit and read. This is easy to do if you are using Microsoft Office Word programs as you can select all and set the spacing to two.
Do not use italics in your manuscript. The text you should be italicizing during the final published version should be underlined in your manuscript.
When typing your manuscript, spell out all numbers. Do not use numbers as numbers (4, 10 , or 25). They should be written as four, ten, or twenty-five.
Do not use the percent sign or dollar sign. Spell out "dollar" or "percent". That goes for the "&" (ampersand and) symbol too.
If you think your book is ready for a publisher, you need to review the basics above, put them in your manuscript, then learn how to write a manuscript with more advanced formatting. This can take some time, but gives your manuscript a fighting chance against the hundreds of other submissions they receive every month.
Many publishers have a particular format that they want your manuscript in when they receive it. Not all publishers want the same things, but after researching several publishers, I've noticed quite a few similarities that help you understand how to write a manuscript in a more standard format universal to most publishers. That way, it makes it a lot easier to make the final touches that are specific to each publisher.
How to write a scientific manuscript for publication?
In this interview, Nancy Ellen Dodd offers advice how to write a manuscript, explains why writers need to develop an internal compass, and talks about her own process of becoming a writer.
I came across many similarities between several different publishers when it came to how to write a manuscript and how it should be formatted for submission. I spent a little extra time and research and developed a simple guide to help create a manuscript for your fiction that gets it ready to the standard of most publishers, then with a little tweaking here and there based on their personal requirements, you can make quick changes and have it in the mail that same day. This is how I format my manuscripts prior to submission to traditional publishers or literary agents.
When writing a manuscript, you may think that these standards are pretty strange and make your book look bad, but don't worry about how it looks at this point. A publisher generally sends it to other entities who edit and format your book from the standard manuscript format into a book format that you are used to seeing in the bookstores during the publishing phase of your book.
CWN: In The Writer's Compass, you explain how to write a manuscript in seven stages. Could you tell us what the seven stages of this process are and why each one is important?