We all yearn to see our paper published in journals. However, this is not always the case. Many times you could write and even after approaching the publishers get turned back. To avoid such embarrassment and get your papers published sooner, here are 7 key tips to follow;
- 1. Start writing early
When you already have a rough idea of when you want the paper published, you need to move in fast. Don’t wait until just a few weeks to the date to start writing. Introductions and conclusions are particularly better to write while ideas are still fresh in your mind.
- 2. Write clearly
One reason why o many papers get turned back is lack of clarity. If the publisher can’t see how the paper will benefit the audience, then it might actually be better not to publish it. So, you need to impress the publishers by ensuring that your paper is simple, concise and very clear. Tips on how to write better papers can be found on the web.
- 3. Use reference formatting software
The other major problem that causes a majority of papers to be turned back by publishers is poor formatting of references. Referencing is a delicate matter. If you think you cannot format properly, consider using a software program to format your references.
- 4. Know when to submit
You can’t just send in your paper whenever you please. Every publisher has a strategy and a calendar that controls how publishing is done. You need to submit just at the right time. If you think that the current work may take longer to complete, consider splitting it into two so that you can complete earlier.
- 5. Seek pre-publication review
Several companies now provide programs that allow students to send in their papers so that their peers can review them before journal submission. This provides n excellent opportunity to polish the paper before submission.
6. Choose the right journal
Remember that you can’t just drop your paper to any publisher. To improve your chances of acceptance, you need to select your journals carefully. Confer with your colleagues, review your own reference list, and browse journals websites to see exactly where your topic would fit in.
- 7. Contact the journal
When ready, contact the journal with a pre-submission enquiry. This is done by sending a letter to the journal to gauge their interest in your paper. You’ll instantly be able to know whether the paper would be published or not.
By following all these seven tips, the chances of your paper being accepted can dramatically increase.