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“Get Published...It's Critically Important...Here's How”
Getting published is huge. First, your mom, dad and grandparents will be able to brag about you. By the time you are done, the storyline will be, "My Mark is so smart. They printed his research at the National Institutes of Health so the President's Secretary of Health could learn from him." At least that is what my parents would tell their friends in the retirement condo in Florida! It's just like the old Seinfeld show where they live...No kidding!
Once you get past the most important reason (parents) to get published, there are the less imperative reasons, the main one being to add to the body of knowledge in helping people learn. In our world, it's to help other doctors learn how to help more people and to render information for the general public to help them help themselves. Ultimately, you are setting yourself as an expert in your field and an editor or publisher is certifying that by accepting your paper for publication.
There are many types of research articles; peer reviewed articles that end up in a journal recognized in the Index Medicus, trade journals and organizational journals or newsletters. The former have more weight as your information is being accepted as the authority, but each has a place in the process of teaching and informing and each gives you a level of being recognized as an expert in your field.
Completing new research takes significant time and money and most practitioners in the field do not have that time or resources. However, getting published in a trade journal or newsletter is within your grasp because others have done the research and you can report on it and add your own conclusions. You can give a new perspective to the research that might be unique or a new level of explanation to help others better understand it. In the end, you are contributing in a large way to the process by forever memorializing your words in print.
In the legal world, getting published is huge. It is one of the accepted standards universally that establishes you as an expert. It allows you to discuss research in court and your narrative because you are the author. It allows you freedom to do what others cannot and the lawyers know that. When you are the author, the "hearsay issues" are removed. Publication makes you a very desirable expert and, henceforth, a referral source for the legal community. Publication on pertinent material becomes the fodder for letters, e-mails and shouting from the mountaintops to the legal community. It certifies you as the best-of-the-best because I can tell you after reviewing literally 1000's of CV's that very few get published on scientific material.
Today, I received this e-mail (see below) from Dr. Cory Littman from Lockport, New York, near Niagara Falls. He is the editor of the newsletter for the American Academy of Medical Legal Professionals and they are seeking research reviews from doctors in the field to publish. This is a valid form of being published on clinical information and will serve you well in the condos in Florida, increase your knowledge base, add to the body of knowledge in the profession and add to your CV for the legal community to use as leverage.
I urge you to call Cory at 716-438-1332 or e-mail him (see below) and get involved immediately as this will help. When calling Cory, there is no need to be polite as he likes the abuse and if he doesn't answer, let me know and I will give you his home number and his wife's cell number...He really likes when I do that!!
Good Morning Everyone,
I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Cory Littman, DC, DAAMLP. I am the new editor of Clinical Correlations, the Academy Newsletter. We will be publishing the newsletter once per month and we are asking for your help.
Anyone that is interested in being published and writing a review on a research article once a month, please reply to my email address at firstname.lastname@example.org, and let us know you are interested in assisting us with the content of the newsletter.
As a contributor, you will be provided the article in advance for your review. You will be emailed one article per month with a deadline for submission that will be generally 2 weeks out. We are asking for a review approximately 350-500 words in length in MS Word format and should not take more than 1 hour of your time.
Please consider reviewing articles for the newsletter. The more help we have with this, the more information we will be able to get to the members. As a contributor, you will be published that can be added to enhance your CV.
Thank you for considering helping out with the reviews. We look forward to providing a very educational newsletter to you, the members.
Cory J. Littman, DC, DAAMLP
When you craft the language of these documents, remember a lawyer in court can choose any word or string of words to use to make you look either good or bad, so be careful when choosing those words. When you proof the document, look at it from an opposing lawyer's perspective and create words that are true to the meaning of what you are saying and cannot be twisted. Leave out anything of humor or that can have double meaning. Take action today as they only have a limited number of articles to review.