Component Parts of Manuscripts
Updated: Oct 26, 2021
The beauty of science writing is that the format is very predictable. When writing a manuscript here are the sections:
Authors and affiliations
Acknowledgements (and funding sources)
Competing Interests Statement
The hard part is what to expect in each of these sections. These resources provide detail on how to prepare a science manuscript by breaking down all the individual components.
The rules are a bit different when writing a scientific review. There is a lot more flexibility here. I recommend spending inordinate amounts of time on making beautiful summary figures. As a reader of the review, I appreciate very helpful figures I can incorporate into my teaching. This paper outlines how to approach writing a review article. "Ten Simple Rules for writing a literature review" by Marco Pautasso (2013).