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By Tien-Yuan Wu

tien-yuan-wuAs a graduate student at Rutgers University, I have thought a lot about how to develop myself for a future career in scientific research. Once I had some cohesive results from my graduate research topic, my adviser encouraged me to consider publishing them in a scientific journal, to further my career.

But some questions arose. How should I submit my manuscript to a peer-reviewed journal? And what journal would accept my manuscript? As a member of the AAPS student chapter at Rutgers, I thought that The AAPS Journal (AAPSJ) might be a good place to submit. My adviser recommended that we submit our research outcomes to excellent periodicals, and AAPSJ is currently accepting more and more excellent pilot studies for publication. Therefore, he encouraged me to submit our studies results to AAPSJ.

As students, we usually discussed our data among ourselves. We also read the most recent journals related to our research projects in order to stay on top of current developments in our fields of study. My advisor encouraged us to submit to journals such as AAPSJ when our research projects were highly related to new drug development or pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics.

After submitting to AAPSJ, we usually had two to three weeks to wait for reviewer comments. The comments were usually very useful, and they helped improve the studies, making them more convincing and clear. Since editor and reviewer comments come from different perspectives, the feedback can be really helpful to graduate students.

During the course of my graduate studies, two of my manuscripts were published in AAPSJ: one on how 3,3’-diindolylmethane is a potent prostate cancer chemopreventative agent and another on how Chrysanthemum zawadskii and licorice Glycyrrhiza uralensis extracts possess strong inhibitory effects against NF-κB-mediated inflammation. Along the way, I learned a lot from my advisor the journal editors and reviewers. If you are a graduate student and you have a great research idea and have obtained promising results, you should try publishing in a scientific journal!

Tien-Yuan Wu is a postdoctoral associate in pharmaceutical science at Rutgers University.