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Open Access Fast-track writing of a scientific paper with 30 authors: how to do it [Short communication]

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This paper describes the process of writing a scientific paper for a multi-centric study on ‘screening tuberculosis patients for diabetes mellitus in India’, with four facilitators and 25 class participants, who were all co-authors of the paper. By Day 3, a complete paper was sent to international authors for review and comment. Key factors in the success of this venture were: standardised facility-level data collection, a ‘zero’ draft prepared before the module, a first draft ready at the end of Day 1 and a plenary session on Day 2, with participants providing critical input for the second draft.
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Keywords: diabetes mellitus; multiple authors; operational research; scientific writing; tuberculosis

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: South-East Asia Office, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, New Delhi, India 2: Central Tuberculosis Division, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi, India 3: South-East Asia Office, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Paris, France; and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK

Publication date: 2012-12-21

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