There is a unique element in every research paper, and it needs to be edited with a new look, and open mind. It is surely not right to call two research documents similar as for each one, the language, structure, data set and results are unique. However, for all the research papers that belong to a specific domain, there can be some generalised guidelines that can be followed. In specific, when we talk of medical research papers, editors have to follow some basic rules that would ensure that the quality of their work is supreme, and it is flawless to the best capacity.
The first requisite is to ensure that the work doesn’t have any bias. This is more important in the domain of medical research as there are high chances of bias in medical sciences. The editor must be very sure that the theories that the writer has put down aren’t influenced by personal biases of any kind.
The second aspect is the language of the research paper. The medical journals are more often read by people who belong to this industry. Non-medical people usually don’t read such journals so the language and terminology should be apt according to the audience. The terms used can be technical and there should be appropriate definitions of all required terms.
There is quite a lot of scope in medical research to incorporate illustration and images. It is helpful for better explanation of the topic and at the same time is useful to disrupt the monotony of an otherwise a very factual document. Editor must make sure that there are graphical representations and illustrations at all places, and all of these are as flawless as the content is.
Medical research papers cannot stand on the foundations of only assumptions. There should be confirmation about all the procedures and experiments that the writer has mentioned. The editor should cross check with the writer about the proof and authenticity of the process or the data, and make the corrections wherever needed.
There is a need to have specialist perspective in checking the document that is of medical field. This is because of the typical traits of this domain which require all things to be more accurate than anywhere else. After all, from these research papers do the future inventions, and discoveries of research come out. By writing and editing a medical research paper well, we are contributing to the development of the future of medical science.