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Citation Styles/Submitting Manuscripts/Writing: Submitting to a Journal

Submitting Manuscripts

Tips when submitting an article (from Getting RoE Published, by J. Bradley Cousins):

  1. Follow instructions
  2. Withhold your identity for blind review – e.g., replace citations to your work with ‘Author(s)’, submit a separate document with name, affiliation, references, and acknowledgements
  3. Number the pages – make the reviewer’s job easy
  4. Motivate the paper – identify gaps, say why the research is needed
  5. Highlight the significance of your contribution – this is what hooks reviewers and editors
  6. Respond to reviewer feedback in a conciliatory and comprehensive fashion – provide a table of changes; you can disagree but justify it; don’t take criticism personally

Writing and Publishing Help

Submitting to a Journal? First Identify Journals That Publish on Your Topic

Through Scopus

  1. Visit the Scopus database.
  2. Search for recent articles on your research topic.
  3. Above the results, click “Analyze search results."
  4. Click in the "Documents per year by source" box.
  5. On the left you will see the results listed by the number of articles published on your research topic per journal.

Through Web of Science

  1. Visit the Web of Science database.
  2. Search for recent articles on your research topic.
  3. In the results, click "Analyze Results" on the right hand side.
  4. From the drop-down menu near the top left, choose "Publication Titles."
  5. Change the "Minimum record count (threshold)," if desired.
  6. Scroll down for a table of results by journal title.

Alternative Publishing Formats

Here is some information and tips on getting your research to a broader, or to a specialized, audience