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Citation Styles/Submitting Manuscripts/Writing: Home

Managing citations

For tips on using citation management software (Zotero, RefWorks, Mendeley, EndNote, etc.), see the Manage Your Citations guide

Citation & Style Help

Subitting Your Paper: A Guide

Style Guides

Submitting Manuscripts

Tips when submitting an article (from Getting RoE Published, by J. Bradley Cousins):

  1. Follow instructions
  2. Withhold your identity for blind review – e.g., replace citations to your work with ‘Author(s)’, submit a separate document with name, affiliation, references, and acknowledgements
  3. Number the pages – make the reviewer’s job easy
  4. Motivate the paper – identify gaps, say why the research is needed
  5. Highlight the significance of your contribution – this is what hooks reviewers and editors
  6. Respond to reviewer feedback in a conciliatory and comprehensive fashion – provide a table of changes; you can disagree but justify it; don’t take criticism personally

Doing Systematic Reviews

Before you embark on a systematic review, please understand that this could easily be a one year or more project.

You may wish to peruse UCSF's Systematic Review Guide for information.

These articles may also be helpful:

Five steps to conducting a systematic review. Khan KS, Kunz R, Kleijnen J, Antes G. Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 2003 Mar;96(3):118-21. PubMed PMID: 12612111

A Guide to Conducting a Standalone Systematic Literature Review Okoli C. Communications of the Association for Information Systems 2015; 37(1): 879-910.

Consult the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions (2nd edition) for a very thorough discussion of the systematic review process.

UC Berkeley licenses Covidence, a tool to help you with your systematic reviews.
In Covidence, you can:
import citations,
screen titles and abstracts,
upload references,
screen full text,
create forms for critical appraisal,
perform risk of bias tables,
complete data extraction, and
export a PRISMA flowchart summarizing your review process.

As an institutional member, our users have priority access to Covidence support. Our license allows unlimited simultaneous reviews, and you can add people who are not affiliated with UCB.
To access Covidence using the UC Berkeley institutional account, start at this page and follow the instructions.

Writing Help @UCB

Scholarly Communication Services

OA lockScholarly Communication Services can help you with all your scholarly communication and publishing questions and needs.  Visit their website, or reach out to schol-comm@berkeley.edu for help with questions on topics, including:
  • Copyright in research, publishing & teaching
  • Authors’ rights, and protecting & managing your intellectual property
  • Scholarly publishing options and platforms
  • Open access for scholarship and research data
  • Tracking & increasing scholarly impact
  • Affordable and open course content 
Scholarly Communication Services provides the following services:
  • Individualized support & personal consultations
  • In-class and online instruction
  • Presentations and workshops for small or large groups & classes
  • Customized support and training for each department and discipline
  • Online guidance and resources

Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library

Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library home page

Questions? Ask a librarian!

We are located in the Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library
(Although the library building is closed, we continue to provide services to our campus communities)

You are welcome to email a librarian.

Here is more information on getting help with your research.