PHOTO: Science publishing panel participants included (clockwise from top left) Quincey Justman from Cell Systems, Stewart Bland from Materials Today, Rosamund Daw from Nature, moderator and MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Professor Martin Polz, Corie Lok from Nature, Anna Demming from the Institute of Physics Publishing, and Nick Lindsay from The MIT Press.

With significant changes in the publishing landscape, an open discussion on finding the right outlet to publish scientific work is critical to better connect students, postdocs and faculty with scientists and publishers. On Nov. 30, the department hosted a “Getting Published” panel that covered aspects of open access publishing, innovative models of peer review and publishing, and related topics. “Practically all the editors put the importance of good writing at the top of their recommendations,” said Professor Martin Polz, who served as moderator. “No one is going to rewrite your paper for you, so the author needs to put the effort upfront into preparing clear and concise communications.” Read the story