Report:Special lecture by Laura Zahn, Senior Editor of AAAS Science
April 18, 2016
On 1 April 2016 Laura Zahn, Senior Editor of the journal Science gave a lecture at UEC Tokyo, entitled ‘Scientific publishing from the inside out’. The audience included members of the board of directors of UEC Tokyo and President Takashi Fukuda.
Prior to the lecture, Wataru Mitsuhashi, Member of the Board of Directors (Research Strategy) welcomed Dr Zahn and noted that UEC Tokyo, hosted Marcia McNutt, Editor in Chief of AAAS Science Magazine in the Fall of 2015.
The topics covered in the lecture included the process of scientific publishing with emphasis on: (1) careful selection of appropriate journals based on subject matter, for example is the research relevant to a wide audience or to a more focused readership; (2) carefully following instructions for authors on style, length, and diagrams; and (3) the importance of including a cover letter with the manuscript that enables “direct communication” with the editor. Furthermore, Dr Zahn stressed that even if your manuscript is not accepted, the comments by the reviewers should serve as valuable feedback for researchers.
The lecture also included announcements about two new journals scheduled to be launched by AAAS: Science Immunology in summer 2016 and Science Robotics in 2017. The latter journal will be of particular interest to researchers at UEC Tokyo.
The lecture was followed by wide ranging questions and comments from the audience especially the young research scientists at UEC Tokyo.
- Dr Laura Zahn, Senior Editor of AAAS Science, preparing to deliver her lecture entitled, ‘Scientific publishing from the inside out’ at UEC Tokyo, on 1 April 2016.
- Dr Laura Zahn, Senior Editor of AAAS Science, taking questions after her talk.