I have spent 2+ years working on a project in computational neuroscience that has interest for clinicians and now I am starting to write the paper text. I want to submit it to one of neurology-related journals (and clinicians who I work with, support this). However as far as I understand, it does not make sense to include too much technical info / too much extra statistics in the journal for neurologists.
I have developed a pretty elaborate data analysis pipeline than can do many things, so I want also to publish other less-bold-sounding outcomes of my project in a journal for computational neuroscience or in a journal for biomed data analysis. I have seen many people doing something along these lines (though not among my immediate colleagues), but for me it is the first time. What worries is that I don't understand very well how to organize the second paper: should I include the main result, that I report in the neurological paper, in the second one, or just briefly mention it, citing the submitted paper / preprint?
So to summarize, I have two somewhat related questions:
- is there somewhere any informal guideline on how to organize the second paper in relation to the first one?
- I could either present the second part of the research as a "methods" paper (emphasizing the code I wrote, it can indeed be used by other people) or as a "new approach" paper (emphasizing the new approach that gives interesting results). I think both are important. How do I choose? Or should I write 3 papers instead of two?