Manuscript Writing Tips

Despite a wealth of information on article writing and publication, budding authors and researchers are often seen perplexed with the complexities of the publication world. Being an increasingly important task, paper publication deems utmost attention and understanding of the journal submission and peer review process. The tips underneath will guide you on selection of a suitable journal, preparation of the “perfect” manuscript and ways for enhancing the likelihood of publication.

Examine the Publishing Path

  • Keep calm post-submission; Journal editors may reject the manuscript without sending it out for peer review process.
  • Engulf the fact that some of your papers are going to get rejected at some point in time as many of the top journals only accept 5-10% of the papers sent to them.
  • Going ahead with the Peer Review takes time; can take upto 6 months. Keep up for the circulating review process.

Beginning with the writing

  • Know the audience of your paper. It is essential to decide who you are writing for – University, National and/or International Audience.
  • The choice of Journal also gets affected by your category of audience.
  • Level it is aimed at – Researchers, Practitioners or General Public. This will again affect the journal you choose to submit to.
  • Write for specific journal to have a better chance of being accepted.

Choosing the Right Journal

  • The correct choice of journal eases the whole peer review process.
  • Research the journal in your field.
  • Visit the publisher’s website and read their Aims and Scope, Content’s List and Submission Procedure and Guidelines.
  • Seek peer’s advice on where they published, why and was the experience with the publisher good.
  • Select the form of journal – Generalist Journal or Niche Journal.
  • Choose the “Best” Journal for your article that may not be the “Best” journal in the field.

Comments and response from the Publishers

  • In case of Minor Amendments, make the changes and resubmit.
  • While in case of Major Amendments, it is recommended that you check whether it would be better to submit the article in another journal, rather than making amendments.

Assess the essential aspects of the “Best” Journals

  • Readership, Usage and Availability; count of Citation and Downloads, Internationally Recognized, Peer Reviewed, Members of the Editorial Board, Suitability of your paper to the other papers of the journal and many such points that can be assessed to check the quality of the journal.