Represent 'Data' for the Discussion and Introduction
Quality of Your References Must Match Target Journal Quality
References represent EVIDENCE for statements made in the manuscript. You must accurately reference similar or relevant work. If your paper is of high quality, make sure that your references are from high-quality journals. References can influence reviewers (put references for the reviewers that you select into your paper!) Endnote is a great software program for references, download a 30 day trial version at www.endnote.com.
When citing a reference, focus on the ideas, not the authors. Literature citations should be parenthetical, rather than in the body of the sentence:
Preferred: "Though mean axon elongation rates in Idaho are <10 cm per year (Table 2), elongation rates of >80 cm are common in populations in Colorado (Snider et al., 1982)."
Avoid: "Though mean axon elongation rates in Idaho were <10 cm per year (Table 2), Snider et al. (1982) found that axon elongation rates of >80 cm were common in populations in Colorado."
Acknowledgments are straightforward: We consider a demonstration of gratitude important when appropriate.