You have completed a piece of research that you believe would make an interesting paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal but are not sure about how to go about it. Let me help. First to ehow.com SUBMIT TO AN ACADEMIC JOURNAL, click on this link and this website will give you lots of ideas and tips about how to do this. I will summarize them here for you too.
Most important, you need to decide which journal you’re going to submit to, as this will determine the style and the format of the paper. Once you’ve done this, then go to the website of this journal and read the Instructions to Authors very carefully, as these will give you all the information you need to submit your article. If you don’t follow these instructions, then the publishers will just return your paper… unread.
Then you need to work on the layout and the content of the paper. Again, the Instruction to Authors will have something to say about this, so refer to them. Decide where you need to put the relevant parts of your research. For scientific papers, this is usually easy as they tend to follow the Introduction, Methods, Results, Summary, and Conclusions route. Humanities papers tend to need more thought. All papers need an abstract and references and make sure that your references are up-to-date as your peer-reviewers will be experts in their field, i.e., your field, and you need to impress them. Peer-reviewers are generally established researchers in their field, so the paper has to standout, and they will know if the research is worthy of being published.
Once you’ve finished writing the paper, send it to an editor, like us here at FirstEditing.com – ‘Why’ you may ask? Firstly, since many publishing houses are now cutting down on in-house editors, they ask that all manuscripts be edited before they are submitted to them – especially for authors whose first language is not English. Secondly, because our editors have academic experience and have published and peer-reviewed papers, we know what to look for in a paper. If you also let us know which journal you hope submit your paper to, we can ensure that the paper and its format follow the correct style and that everything is laid out as it is meant to be.
Once the paper has been professionally edited, then it’s time for a last check and it’s ready for submission. Read the Instructions to Authors again, as these also tend to give submission details. These days, most publishers accept academic journals through an online submission database, where you upload your paper through their website. If this is the case for your paper, then follow the instructions very carefully. If your publisher still needs the paper to be sent to them via snail mail, then you will usually need to enclose a cover letter to accompany this. This is normally a short letter just saying that you wish to submit this paper (entitled xxx) to be considered in the journal. Make sure that you have the correct name of the person to send it to – that information should also be in the Instructions to Authors.
Some journals have deadlines for the submission of articles, so please heed these. If not, then they will accept them all year round. Please be warned that the peer-review process can take months to complete, so don’t expect an answer regarding your paper instantly – just start working on your next one!
Hopefully, these hints will help you in submitting your article for publication, but please don’t be afraid to ask for help, as our academic editors at FirstEditing.com are here to help you with all your academic writing needs. Good luck with that submission!
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