With experience or not, the submission of a paper for publication in a journal is, at least, a process that brings great anxiety and stress. After all the hard work during months, or even years, recognition is finally at your grasp and that is why there can be no room for mistakes.
What to expect of the scientific publishing process.
If you are a beginner, you might be struggling to know exactly what to do. After all, it is a step after step process, sometimes with a lot of players and paperwork involved, which is not always evident what to do next. An excellent manuscript, written in a high-quality text, is the best way to give a good impression from the beginning, putting your paper on the right track for a successful submission in the journal of your dreams. In Elsevier, with our Language Editing Services, we not only revise your manuscript but guarantee there are no text errors by giving back the money in case of rejection due poorly written text.
If, on the other hand, you have already published articles, you might already have enough experience to know that each paper submission in a journal is never the same as the letter: either the journal is different, or the context has changed, or the peers are new; you never know what can go right or wrong, other than the variable that lies under your control – the manuscript – is error-free and spot-on for successful acceptance. In this case, you might consider Elsevier’s professional Language Editing Services to amend your text to the target journal’s requirements, helping you focus on other projects you might have aside.
Scientific paper submission. Are you Ready? Let’s go!
For many researchers, putting their paper under a submission process for a journal is stressful, and for some even quite overwhelming, because of so many variables out of their control. Because of that, here is a simple to-do list which might help you go through all of it with some peace of mind:
- Prepare your paper for submission
Don’t let months of research be turned down just because of text errors or formatting issues:
- Use an external editing service, such as Elsevier’s Author Services if you need assistance with language
- Free e-learning modules on preparing your manuscript can be found on Researcher Academy
- Mendeley makes your life easier by helping you organize your papers, citations and references, accessing them in the cloud on any device, wherever you are
- Do not rush submitting your article for publication.
Carefully re-read and revise your manuscript at different times and places. Re-reading is essential in the research field and helps identify the most common problems and shortcomings in the manuscript, which might otherwise be overlooked. If you are doubtful about the quality of your text, consider Elsevier’s Professional Language Editing Services. Our professional team is trained to provide you with an optimal text for successful submission.
- Select an appropriate publication outlet.
The right journal for your article can dramatically improve the chances of acceptance and ensure it reaches your target audience.
- Read the journal’s aims and scope to make sure they match your paper
- Check whether you can submit – some journals are invitation only
- Use the journal’s metrics to measure it’s impact. In fact, you can also check other additional info – like speed and reach to understand if it’s the right one for you.
- If you’re a post-doc, check out our free access program
- Read the aims and scope and author guidelines of your target journal carefully.
Once you think your manuscript is ready for submission, the next important step is to read the aims and scope of the journals in your target research area. Doing so will improve the chances of having your manuscript accepted for publishing.
- Submit a cover letter with the manuscript.
Never underestimate the importance of a cover letter addressed to the editor or editor-in-chief of the target journal. A good cover letter should underline 3 main aspects: the main theme of the paper, it’s originality/novelty and the relevance of the manuscript to the target journal.
- Make a good first impression with your title and abstract.
The title and abstract are incredibly important components of a manuscript as they are the first elements a journal editor sees. They will be responsible for creating interest and curiosity about the whole work.
Article publishing – a science within science
Article publishing is every researcher’s aim. It brings visibility and recognition, essential factors for those who intend to build a full career in science. However, most scientists feel handicapped or lost when it comes to conveying their findings or ideas to others. For them, it is hard to re-format a certain type of text to another, be aware of formatting requirements and translate their work into visually appealing outcomes. Additionally, keeping track of all the steps needed to submit an article for publication can be overwhelming and take too much time that could be spent doing new research. In Elsevier, we believe everyone should be doing what they do best: in this case, leave research for scientists and leave the science of turning the best ideas into excellent quality text for our professionals.
Language Editing Services by Elsevier Author Services:
- Language Editing Standard: takes a maximum of 7 business days and ensures that your work is written in a correct English (American or British, according to your preferences); it is edited by native speakers and we offer a free re-edit or your money back if the manuscript is rejected due to language errors.
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- Language Editing Plus: it is done within 5 working days; it includes unlimited rounds of language review, a manuscript formatting to meet the requirements of the journal of your choice, Customised Cover Letter and an Assessment Report on your document, among other tasks.
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- Language Editing Express: it can take up to 96 business hours according to the length of the document and here you get the same high quality but faster.
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- Language Editing Ph.D. Thesis: ensure that your Ph.D. thesis is written in correct English before you submit it.
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- Language Editing LaTeX: make sure your LaTeX manuscript is edited by native speakers in (scientific) American or British English and written in correct English before you submit.
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