Bernd Pulverer, Chief Editor of the EMBO Journal, will give an overview on the peer reviewed research paper which remains the main conduit for the exchange of research discoveries. With the growth and diversification of global research, publishing in selected journals and citation metrics are increasingly employed as surrogates for quality in research assessment. Consequently, the pressures to publish in only a handful of journals have increased, with the risk of hampering scientific progress. EMBO has implemented a 'transparent process' that ensures a fast, fair and informed editorial decisions. EMBO is also recasting the paper as a rich online resource that ensures the discoverability and reproducibility of research findings. Pulverer will also discuss how to optimize your chances to succeed in getting your research published as well as research ethics.