TIM ALBERT writer and trainer
TIM ALBERTwriter and trainer

Winning the publications game (4th edn)

The smart way to write and publish a paper

For nearly 20 years I ran many hundreds of short courses on how to write scientific papers. One of the things that kept striking me  was how so many otherwise capable doctors and scientists were finding the task so difficult.


The process can, and should be, straighforward.


This book aims to:

  • demystify the writing and publication process,
  •  guide writers logically from first idea through planning, writing and rewriting to submission
  • provide tips on managing time, colleagues, supervisors and editors,
  • establish a definition of a 'good paper' that can be measured objectively, 
  • give confidence

     The book is now in its fourth edition. 

'Tim’s book will be a huge help. It will motivate, prompt, guide, nudge, amuse and even console you as you make the journey to the front page of the Lancet – or the Transactions of the Barsetshire Urological and Literary Society.” – Dr Richard Smith, former editor of the BMJ, in the foreword to the first edition.


'Tim has fun deconstructing the system as it is often perceived, describing a rational alternative, and showing you how to get one step ahead” – Matthias Egger and Nicola Low, University of Bern, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine


'I am writing to thank you for your considerable role in turning our research group into a leading group internationally ....Quite simply without your book we would never have been in this position' - UK professor.



Chapter 1: Know the game


Chapter 2: Know yourself


Chapter 3: First set yourself a brief


Chapter 4: Expand the brief


Chapter 5: Make a plan, or four


Chapter 6: Write the first draft


Chapter 7: Rewrite your draft


Chapter 8: Prepare the additional elements


Chapter 9: Use internal reviewers


Chapter 10: Send off the package

The first edition of this book was highly commended in the BMA Medical Books Competition.

Earlier editions have been translated into Italian and Chinese.

Fourth edition published 2016 by CRC Press: 140 pages


ISBN: 13-978-1-78523-011-0

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