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A note on promissory notes

We want to address here a very specific issue: promissory notes.

A promissory note in a manuscript is a statement that indicates that you or your lab will complete a specific research task in future work. Promissory notes are acceptable is a small minority of fields, viewed negatively or discouraged in others, or outright banned by some journals. The problem with promissory notes is two-fold:

This is not to say that you cannot use promissory notes. However, when looking to publish you need to be aware of 1) whether they are accepted at your target journal, 2) their broader acceptance in your field of study, and 3) whether you are using them to indicate future directions or to convince a reviewer to accept incomplete work.

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