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Graduate Biomedical Sciences and JHS Departments: Writing Resources

Writing Resources

This page contains standards for authors to assist in writing projects, links to citation styles and citing sources, and resources to help avoid plagiarism. To learn more about specific topics,click on the subtabs above or the following links:

Books about writing     Poster Presentations     Choosing a Journal for Publication

Author Instructions for Manuscript Preparation

Instructions to authors for manuscript preparation are frequently found on the journal's or publisher's Web site. 

ICMJE: Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biochemical Journals

University of Toledo Mulford Health Science Library list

NIH Public Access Policy Support

Need Help?  LHL provides assistance  in finding and obtaining PMCIDs, submitting manuscripts and following the approval process.

Ethics for Authors

The UAB Ethics for Authors website explores ethical issues for students, researchers and faculty writing for publication.  The site includes FAQs on citing and writing for research, e-tools and activities, and several handouts. 


Avoiding Plagiarism

What is Plagiarism?

According to the UAB Academic Honor Code, PLAGIARISM means claiming as your own the ideas, words, data, computer programs, creative compositions, artwork, etc., done by someone else. Examples include improper citation of referenced works, the use of commercially available scholarly papers, failure to cite sources, or copying another person’s ideas.

In order to avoid plagiarism, use the "3 Step Rule" in your academic writing:

All information from sources must be:

1. Paraphrased, summarized, or quoted AND

2. Cited in the same paragraph AND

3. Included in a reference list at the end of the document

Useful resources on avoiding plagiarism:

The Ethical Summary Protocol (from UAB Ethics for Authors) How to approach critical reading, note-taking, and summarizing systematically

Is it Plagiarism Yet?  (from Purdue OWL) discusses what needs to be cited and what is common knowledge

Citation Styles used in Biomedicine

Choose a style below for rules and examples of how to use it.

Bibliography Formatting Software

Web Sites

OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University. Comprehensive guide  to all aspect of the writing process and citing sources.

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