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How to write a basic research article to be relevant for the readers of European Urology. Jean-Nicolas CORNU Associate Editor European Urology. Context. Basic research Leads to new knowledge Provides scientific capital

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how to write a basic research article to be relevant for the readers of european urology

How to write a basic research article to be relevant for the readers of European Urology

Jean-Nicolas CORNU

Associate Editor

European Urology

context
Context
  • Basic research
    • Leads to new knowledge
    • Providesscientific capital
    • Is the fundfromwhich the practical applications of knowledge must bedrawn

National Science Foundation, 1953

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Cancer

Functional

Kidney/stones

Andrology/male

Urogynecology

Courtesy of the National Cancer Institute (NCI/NIH)

european urology context
EuropeanUrologycontext

High-impact

Broad readership

Mostlyfocused on clinical issues / patients care

« Relative relevance »

Clinical implications / applications

Translationalwork

Please tell us the whole story…

reasons for rejection
Reasons for rejection

We DO WANT YOUR BEST WORK IN EUR UROL

Please, understand the concept of primary rejection…

  • Tooweak (major issue for basic science)
  • Toofocused (one slice of salami)
  • Not relevant for all readers (model)
  • Resultsconsisting in purelytechnical aspects
how to optimize
How to optimize
  • TOPIC: isiturology or about urology
  • RESEARCH QUESTION: relevant for a urologist ?
  • RATIONALE: makeitobvious for a urologist – itrequires a clinicalcontext
  • METHODS: describeeverything – DO USE supplementary data / supplementarymethods
  • RESULTS: makeyourwork « talk » to a urologistoptimizeyour displays (spendenough t/e/m) – DO USE supplementary data / supplementarymethods
  • INTERPRETATION: beaccurate – and relevant
good examples
Good examples
  • Self explanatorytitle
  • Couldbe of interest for urologists
rationale objectives
Rationale/objectives

General context

Quick summary of knownpriciples

Rationale for studyingmechanisms

Clearstatement

Quicklysaywhydoesitmakesense

methods
Methods

Enoughdetailed and referenced to bereproduced

Use of appendix

methods1
Methods
  • Keep itsimple, organizedandstraightforward
  • Descriptionsshouldbecrispandaccurate (wordcount!) – usesuppldata
  • Statisticsneedtobeclearlydefined (it‘syourtool – aswellassubjects – will bereviewed !!)
  • Ethicalpermissionhastobegiven – referenceshavetobeadequate
  • Ifthemethodssectionisunclear, thems will fail!
up to what you want
Up to… whatyouwant
  • Supplementary content islike « alwaysnecessary » in a big basic research
  • Alwaysbetterthanpublishing
    • the ideas
    • thenmethods
    • Results in salami
    • Applications/extensions you have already in the box

Tell a story !!

presenting results rules
Presentingresultsrules

Short but answeringthequestions

Refertopicturesandtables

- The textisyourspeech

- Science is in thetablesandfigures

Use sub-sectionshelptoenhancereadibility

Beaccurate, credible(units!)

Do not overinterpretatthisstage

discussion
Discussion
  • Not too long
  • Put youresults in perspective
  • Explian the potential relevance
  • Generate (reasonable) new hypothesis
  • Do not make pure statements
  • Do not sell the paperatthis time: Lessis more, data are everything
conclusion
Conclusion
  • Study needstobe relevant forclinicians ++++
  • Original / Novel
  • Ifthestudyis not ofinterestfor a broadreadership in EurUrol, itmaybemoreadequateforsubmissionto a specializedjournal (e.g. ifyoudescribe a newmethodor a specifictechnique): youwon‘t lose time
  • Critical importanceofmaterial & methods
  • Figuresandtablesarethmostimportantpartoftheworkandneedyourenergy
  • Discussion: put in perspective
  • Sufficientamountofdata / convincingtechniquestosupporttheconclusion : do not overinterpret