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I am writing a open paper (formal writing) but I don't know what is the correct usage of grammar for the phase:

The journal's needs for “impact” and to follow hot topics...

or

The needs of journals for “impact” and to follow hot topics...

Thanks.

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  • Much depends on whether you're talking about one journal or several. Also, even though there's a need for "impact" and a need to follow hot topics, native speakers would normally use the singular form to cover both: "A man's need for food and water will usually override his moral sensibilities". – FumbleFingers Sep 15 '14 at 16:59
  • So, in the case of multiples journals > The need of journals for “impact” and to follow hot topics, – Jonas Mayer Sep 15 '14 at 17:13
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    Also, the lack of balance in having first a noun and then an infinitive is clunky. “The journal’s need to have ‘impact’ and follow hot topics…” sounds much more balanced and flows better. Or even more idiomatic: “The need for journals to have ‘impact’ and follow hot topics…”. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Sep 15 '14 at 17:17
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Your first usage is incorrect. The journal's needs is a plural noun. It seems as if you're looking to use need as a verb. Furthermore, your parallel sentence structure sounds awkward with both a noun and an infinitive. Choose one and then have them both conform:

The journal needs "impact" and hot topics.

Or

The journal needs to be impactful and to follow hot topics.

  • One need never stoop so low as to resort to uglinesses like impactful. – tchrist Sep 15 '14 at 20:15
  • @tchrist be impacting? bear impact? pack a punch? – scohe001 Sep 15 '14 at 20:23

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