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Authors: Manuscript/CV Preparation & More: Manuscript Preparation

Learn more about how Sladen Library is able to assist authors in the publication process, updating CVs, and creating citation styles. In addition, collaboration tools that may connect you with others with similar research interests have been collated.

Contact Us

Want to experience a stress-free manuscript submission process? Save yourself time by contacting the Sladen Library!

Phone: 313-916-2550


Visit other pages in this toolkit for additional resources which may be helpful during the writing and publication process.

NIH Public Access Policy

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy requires that all investigators who receive funding from the NIH submit an electronic version of their final, peer-reviewed manuscript within 12 months of the official date of publication.  The article will then be archived in PubMed Central.  For more information about this policy and the steps that authors must take to comply with the policy, please go to the National Institutes of Health Public Access page.

JANE: Journal/Author Name Estimator

Are you not sure where to submit your manuscript? JANE (Journal/Author Name Estimator) can help!  Enter the title and/or the abstract of your manuscript and select to 'Find Journals.'  JANE will compare your title and/or abstract to the millions of entries in Medline and create a list of journals that have published articles that are the most similar to your key topics.  Journals are ranked by a confidence score; the higher the confidence score the more alike your manuscript is to the articles published in that journal.

Note: The abstracts that are submitted to JANE for evaluation are not stored, but if you are worried about the security of the connection, you can choose to scramble the abstract.

Manuscript Preparation Services

The Sladen Library offers FREE manuscript preparation assistance for Henry Ford Health employees.

Manuscript preparation services cover many types of documents such as journal articles, book chapters, grants, conference abstracts/posters, and CVs.

Librarians will provide support with:

  • Updating citations and references within the manuscript to the journal's style
  • Confirming that the manuscript meets the specific style, structure and formatting requirements of the journal as outlined in their instructions for authors
  • Verifying that standard style requirements have been followed (e.g., numbers vs numerals, consistent abbreviations/acronyms, etc.)
  • Light grammar checking

Please note: there is a minimum 1 week turnaround time for this service.  

Contact Stephanie Stebens at or at (313) 916-2550 for more information about manuscript preparation services.

EndNote Overview

Q1: What is EndNote?
EndNote is a software program that allows you to create, manage, and store bibliographic references for easy access and sharing. EndNote can be used to insert citations to any of these bibliographic references into your manuscript, documents or PowerPoint slides. EndNote also allows you to search for the full-text PDFs for an records in your EndNote library for easy storage and organization of articles. 

Q2: How can EndNote save me time?
EndNote provides the ability to store and compile references that can then be inserted into a variety of word processing programs (including Microsoft Word, Apple Pages and Google Docs) as well as PowerPoint. EndNote keeps track of where each citation is used in the document, so if you need to add or delete a citation, EndNote will renumber the remaining/existing citations for you. If you need to prepare your manuscript for submission to a new journal, EndNote can quickly update the citation and reference style in seconds by simply changing the output style to the new journal.

Q3: Where can I turn for EndNote support?

Writing Tips for New Authors

Are you new to the writing process and would like some directions in what to include in a manuscript, abstract, or poster presentation?  Check out the articles listed below for guidance with the writing process.

Writing and Publishing Articles

Poster Presentations and Abstracts

Effective Writing and Publishing Scientific Papers Series

The Journal of Clinical Epidemiology recently published a series of articles that provide tips and guidance to new authors on how to effectively write and publish scientific research papers.

Sladen Librarian

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Stephanie Stebens
Sladen Library
Henry Ford Hospital
2799 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI 48202
Phone: 313-916-2550

NIH Library Writing Center

Request a Publication Search for an HFHS Author/Department

The form listed below can be used to submit a request for a citation listing of publications by a specific HFHS author (or authors), or for publications from a specific HFHS department(s). Completed lists will be sent to the email/requestor indicated on the form.  

If you have questions about this service, please contact Steven Moore of the Sladen Library at