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By Fabio Broccatelli

Fabio BroccatelliThe scientific method:

  • Be curious.
  • Ask the right question.
  • Define a hypothesis.
  • Design an experiment.
  • Collect data.
  • Formulate a theory.
  • Verify the theory.
  • Challenge the theory.
  • Pass this knowledge to other scientists.

Just like the discovery of the wheel and the ability to master fire, the adoption of the scientific method is a cornerstone in the history of our society. The scientific method led us to evolve into a new society where science, art, religion, and mystic belief are no longer perceived as fragments of the same whole substance. In the modern era, seeking intelligible and tangible truths is king. Such an effort created the need for scientists to develop a system ensuring objective evaluation of new scientific literature: peer review.

In today’s Internet world, we are facing an overwhelming amount of choices, information, and options. These not only create opportunities but also bring along potential challenges threatening our ability to discern fact from fiction. Conspiracy theories are the new black. Anti-vaccination movements are becoming as radical chic as black turtleneck sweaters used to be.

In this scenario, the scientific community proved successful in resisting contagion from the disease of disinformation, managing to maintain high standards in the circulation of ideas within itself. This is most likely thanks to the different steps involved in the publication of high-quality scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals.

Therefore, today more than ever, a good scientist is not only smart and having fun with computers and lab equipment, but also a great communicator able to:

  • write a good paper and select the right journal;
  • understand and respect publication ethics; and
  • be judged by peers and colleagues, learning from their criticism.

By attending the session Steps to Getting Published in a Research Journal at the AAPS Annual Meeting and Exposition, you will have the unique opportunity to steal secrets from the editors-in-chief of the three AAPS journals: The AAPS Journal, AAPS PharmSciTech, and Pharmaceutical Research. Three different angles from scientists that contributed to define the field of pharmaceutical sciences as we know it. Learn from the best. Be the next great scientist.

Fabio Broccatelli, Ph.D., is a scientist at Genentech, San Francisco. His research interests include medicinal chemistry, molecular modeling, DMPK, and ADMETox.