Keeping careful field and lab notes

Today I wanted to share a tip about pre-writing, an important stage in writing your article that takes place before you even start writing. One of the best things you can do when you start conducting your research is to keep detailed notes on your experiments and/or fieldwork. Keeping careful notes will help you immensely when beginning to draft your article. I've always kept my notes in carefully organized and dated notebooks, but you could also keep them online or on your computer. No matter what, be sure to back up your notes with copies!!