…for getting published:
Rule 1: Read many papers, and learn from both the good and the bad work of others.
Rule 5: Learn to live with rejection.
Rule 6. The ingredients of good science are obvious—novelty of research topic, comprehensive coverage of the relevant literature, good data, good analysis including strong statistical support, and a thought-provoking discussion. The ingredients of good science reporting are obvious—good organization, the appropriate use of tables and figures, the right length, writing to the intended audience—do not ignore the obvious.
Evidently, following these simple or obvious rules is not always easy…
More rules here (on research, teaching, academia vs. industry, etc.)